THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THE HIGHLANDS MACON IAN
THURSDAY. APRIL 24, 1941
Saturday, April 26 in the old Citi
zen's Bank building on Main street.
Roy Carpenter, who has recently
leased the building, has kindly
SCOTT'S SCRAP BOOK
By R. J.SCOTT
Saturday, May 26
The women of St. Agnes church
will hold a rummage sale mext
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Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
VOL. LV1 , . ' Number 17
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Maconian is independent in its policies and is glad to print both
sides of any question. Letters to the editor should be written
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Watch ye, stand fast; in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 6:13.
"The glory of our kind of government is that it permits us to
wage a continual fight against its abuses." 1 1
We Need Street Improvement
WITH increased taxes necessary to raise astron
omical sums for defense, it is natural that no
one should want to see the local tax rate raised. It
is therefore reassuring to. have the present proposal
for street improvements explained by Mayor Har
rison and Town Clerk Dean. Their conservative
guidance of town finances justifies confidence in
their judgment and advice.
Voting- for the calling- of a bond election that
.will sponsor WPA funds in the amount of $30,000
will not appreciably raise the tax rate for two
First, the trucks, road machinery and quarry that
the town owns would be counted for cash in the
75-25 per cent arrangement for financing the work,
Second, the retirment this year of $32,000 of six
per cent bonds would save enough to warrant the
issuance of $10,000 of bonds at three and one-half
per cent over a period of 20 years wit hodt raising
the present rate. f
Jt is safe to say that $30,000 will not come our
. way again. Some of our streets have been left with
rock and no surfacing; others are badly in need of
both. The present proposals will give to other citi
zens what some' are already enjoying in paved
streets and curbs. There can be no valid reason why
this referendum should not approve the. necessary
bonds to complete Franklin's, program for street
Defense Bonds And Stamps
ON May first United States Savings Bonds, will,
be placed, on sale in post offices from cLst to
coast. The government's press release giv3iig-full
information is on another page of this issue.
The Post Office Department has been; designated
as the sales agency in the field for the handling
of these Defense Bonds and Stamps. These are ideal
savings bonds for the ordinary citizen, who wishes
to invest in small amounts at a time. The amount
to be bought by any one presort in one year is limit
ed to $5,(XX). The bonds are sold in denominations
of $25, $50', $1(X), and $1,000, which are sold for 75
per cent of their maturity value in ten years, Tor
instancc a $25 bond is purchased for $18.50.
The post office will also have a new series of
Postal Savings Stamps from 10 cents to $5. By buy
ing .bonds and stamps, every man, woman and child
in: the United States can help to render a real serv
ice to their country.
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fic toll for the first three months of this year was
275 persons killed, against 188 killed in the same
period last year, an increase of 46 per cent.
"These shocking figures challenge every citizen
of our state and every agency having anything to
do with accident prevention to devote more time,
more thought and more hard work to the accident
problem than ever before," declared Ronald Hocu-tt,
director of the Highway. Safety Division.
Traffic deaths in the 20-24 age group showed an
even 100 per cent increase, from 22 the. first quarter
of last year to 44 the first quarter of this year. Fa
cilities among children under ten years of age also
were up nearly 1(X) per cent, from ten last year to
19 this year. Of the 275 persons killed, 211 were
Large increases were noted in the numbers of per
sons killed in railroad crossing crashes, bicycle ac
cidents, pedestrian accidents, and in cars that struck
fixed objects or ran off the roadway.
PHONE 106 NIGHT PHONE 70
Letters to Editor
Pear Editor ;
Please make this correction. In
last week's Press the statement
was made that . Howard Moses and
Houston were from the Walnut
Creek section. There are no Hous
tons or Moses living on Walnut
Creek proper. The .section (where
these two .boys live) is known as
Pine Grove. 1 was glad- you wrote
,as you did about the matter.
(We are glad to make this cor
Meat For Britain
ITJZFNS of the United. States are being rapidly
forced into a more intelligent state of mind
than that emphasized by the "safety first" and
"short of war" philosophers, Every-day during the
last appalling months and each day that now passes
even the blind can see that safety has gone out of
the window and we are no longer short of war.
While still removed from physical danger the im-
mediate task ahead is to feed the fighters. We have
the land, the sun, the rairi and the hum'an strength
to produce enough for British needs as well as our
. own. .
Macon county's Defense Council is part of a na
tionwide movement to do just this service. Our
farmers and farm, women and their leaders are set
ting about the task in a practical and wholehearted
way. They are backing up the president in his Words
spoken recently, "From America Britain needs food.
From America -they will get food."
If meat is to go to Britain leaders are telling
farmers that they will have to raise more and more
corn to feed more and more pigs: they must in
crease products most needed beef, pork, eggs,
poultry, butter. "The corn crop of the United States
will determine whether or not the farmers will meet
Franklin, N. C,
Pear Mr. Johnson:
Please change my Press address
from 956 Pingree to 1500 Taylor
Avenue, Apt. 109.
I enjoy reading The Press and
the home, town news, . and look
-forward' to receiving it every
George K. Anderson
Death On The Highways
MORTH CAROLINA streets and highways ran
red with the blood of traffic accident victims
last month, as the death toll showed an 81 per.
cent increase over that of last March, the High
way Safety Division reported this week.
Records of the division list 96 traffic deaths last
month, against 53 for March. 1940. This is the
greatest increase on record in this state. The traf
Mr W. S. Johnson,
Publisher The Franklin Press,
Franklin, N. C.
Dear Sir : .
More than a year ao A. D. Mc
Kinney, frieind and former Macon
county boy, urged me to write an
historical sketch of early High
lands 'for The Franklin Press,
After long delay I yielded and ajn
writing you concerning its publi
cation. The communication to which I
refer will have the caption, "Some
Early Highlands Days," and traces
the early history of education at
Highlands carrying along contem
pory notes. ,of village life calculated
to make , it of greater interest to
older citizens and the new gener
ation alike. Shown in it is a fact
unknown, probably, to the most of
us, namely, that Franklin citizens
of that time had a definite part in
the building of Highlands. My
paper will be ready in about . two
weeks and is planned to reach you
typewritten and proofread. Its
length is approximately 4000 words
and I am presuming, if published,
you will want it to run in several
numbers. I am expecting also that
you will wish to see the' copy be
fore committing The Franklin
Press to its publication. I am hop
ing that you will deem it some
thing that promises to be of gen
uine interest to your readers and
assure you, on my part, it will be
a pleasure to contribute it.
I have been away from the
South for many years. My sub
scription to your paper date back
only six months while friend Mc
Kinney, mentioned (now a Birm
ingnam citizen; nas been vour
subscriber for many years. Like
him, however, I claim loyalty to
Macon county, to North Carolina
a,nd to the traditions of the South.
Very sincerely yours.
Elias D. White.
April 7, 1941.
St La Verne, Calif.
"WALKING GOLD MINE"
In advocating more and better
milk cows in North Carolina the
Shelby Daily Star has called the
cow the "walking gold mine." The
Star's designation was . suggested
by figures released by the exten
sion specialists at N. C. State col
lege reveal that the greatest
growth ever made by the dairy in
dustry in any one year was last
Much 1 of increase resulted from
greater production of milk for pro
cessing in the plants of concerns
which make ice cream, evaporated
milk, butter, cheese and other pro
ducts. Counting everthirig, the. extension
department of the college estimate
that $14,320,000 was paid in cash
for milk in North Carolina during
the year and that people On the
farms themselves consumed be
tween $8,000,000 and $12,000,000
The cow is actually a gold mine,
a money-making machine. Given
decent attention, the cow thrives in
any part of North Carolina. With
the increasing development of milk
processing plants, she will play a
greater part in feeding people, in
stablizing income, in enabling them
to make a living. She will help in
replacing the money formerly re
ceived for cotton and tobacco.
And, along with the dairy indus
try, the beef cattle industry is: al
so growing in the county every
year. That is a good sign. It means'
more cash money for the farmer,
better land a,nd better crops. It
means the beginning of the eman
cipation from the slavery of cot
ton. Morpanton News-Herald.
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(A Southern Poem to Memorize)
While the hellish noises of war
and greed and hate all but over
.whelm the earth,- these sunset lines
of North Carolina's favorite oet
keep echoing in our minds , like
the soft chimes of some far-off
cathedral ... or like the ' peace
bestowing benediction of some
grcat-souled man of God who knows
that Somehow in the end, He will
yet make the wrath of- man to
praise .Him :
Hills, wrapped in gray, standing
along the west :
Clouds, dimly lighted, gathering
The star of peace at watch above
Oh, holy, holy, holy!
We know, O Lord, so little what
is best ;
Wingless we move so lowly ;
But in Thy calm all-knowledge let
Oh, holy, holy, holy !
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