CLEANUP HELP Paint Up Your Home Plant and Beautify Your Garden To Make Your Town Clean, Healthy and Beautiful J PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL INDEPENDENT VOL. LVI, NO. 19 FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1941 $1.50 PER YEAR Franklin And Highlands Tourist Capacity Shown Pres. Averell Expresses Thanks To The Citizen Times for Survey James Averell, president of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, today expressed appreciation of the survey reported in last Sunday's Citizen-Times of , tourist accomodar tions of the westenn North Caro lina area. 'The resort section ; is greatly indebted to the newspaper for reporting these figures. If is valuable to" us to have figures -that are the result of an actual survey," said Mr. Averell. Franklin tourist accomodations are greater this year than, ever before, with much new building in progress, he , said. While this estimate of- the imimoer we can accomodate in Macon county is undoubtedly conservative, we can count on having all the tourists' we can take care of this season." ' : Franklin-Highlands Capacity The following figures are given in the report of the Citizen-Times survey for Macon county's capacity to accomodate this season's"' tour ists: . ." "in this area -of waterfalls around Franklin and Highlands, there are listed 12 hotels and inns and three tourist , places with total capacity of 703 persons in 442 rooms. There are 127 private baths and of the 15 places, 11 are .seasonal and four are all year. "As in most cases reported from the 29 areas' of - Western" North Carolina, meals are available every where. Approximately 50 more persons can be housed and fed this summer than last. Facilities were not quite adequate last year, but are believed to be ,so now. However, plans are being discussed for further additions in the form of two tourist courts with a total of nine cottages and ' several "pri vate homes where additional rooms will be available .next season." AsTKW A Brief Survey of Current and Abroad. WAR FRONTS ' LONDON The British parliament yesterday gave Winston Churchill a vote of confidence of 447 to 3, which left the prime minister, unshaken be fore parliament and country in spite of the Greek and Mediter ranean campaigns, and brought an ovation by members. The prime " minister answered criticisms made by Lloyd-George, aged World War prime minister, and gave a pledge that Britain "will fight to the death without thought of retirement" on the be sieged Greek island of Crete and in the Libyan fort of Tobruk, amd admitted that Britain needs more naval help from the United States. "I thank God for Secretary of War Stimson's speech. ... If the U. S. is going to enable us to catch up and then overtake Ger many she has got to do infinitely more." BOMBINGS Suddenly increased attacks of Nazi long range bombers and guns are spreading death and destruc tion on England's coast and in Liverpool, .raided a seventh straight night Three bomber are report ed to have crashed in flames. RAF downed 10 Nazi raiders in a furious attack on the great in dustrial center of Cologne. Long range bombers have disabled two of Germany's greatest war ships and port facilities at Hamburg, greatest Nazi port CAIRO ! The British troops and RAF have dealt crushing blowat on Iraq forces was a late fort, with the belief that the conflict is near the end. as Germany has sent no aid. The Nazi-controlled government had cut the oil line to the "sea of Britain's oil wells, which the Brit ish have regained and the siege of RAF base is broken. m . TOKYO The Japanese gave evidence to day of increasing uneasiness over their relations with the U. S. which was caused by marked declines on Tokyo's stock . exchange following Secretary of War Stimson's call for protection of shipments to Britain. Important elements in Japan are said to feel that, de spite ties with the axis, peace and her transpacific trade are vital to Japan. VICHY Germany hat offered major con Rioters Bound Over To Superior Court Offenders arrested in connection with the rioting on Saturday nights, April 12 and 19, were tried in Mayor's court Monday after noon, May. 5. . Those on trial were Ernest Hol land, Rufus Holland, Wesley Tyler, Arnold Simons, Wilburn McDowell arid Harold Henry. The state was represented bj Gilmer A. Jones and the defen dants by Thad. I). Bryson, Jr. After examination of witnesses, Mayor Harrison bound the defen dants ever for trial at the August term .of superior court Mr. Jones stated that other arrests should be made and were expected in view of -the testimony that more than 100 men were in the mob that rait the (negroes out of town on Satur day night, April 12. Hays Crisp, arrested last week, was- released after proving that he was -not in Franklin on the night of the disturbance. Questionnaires Sent 600 Macon Men The. local draft board has - re ceived instructions from the Ral eigh office to send out all ques tionnaires as rapidly as possible and get all IV, III, and II men classified. AH others will be ten tatively considered I-A, but will be physically examined and actually classified only rapidly enough to fill calls. J Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones, clerk, states that, questionnaires are go ing from this board at the rate of 35 per day. No call for Macon men for the month of May has yet been received. Questionnaires have been sent to approximately 600 enrollees. Events In State, Nation cessions to the Vichy government, including opening the border into occupied France to foodstuffs, a reduction of the $2,000,000 a day in the crushing cost of maintain ing the Nazi army of occupation and release of 500,000 French farm ers in prison camps. What Hitler demands of the French in return has not been revealed. BERLIN Last Sunday. Adolf Hitler spoke for 90 minutes to the reichstag de nouncing the British prime minis ter 'and. stated that Germany is su perior to any conceivable coalition of "democratic agitators'' who threaten to throttle the Nazi state. WASHINGTON The atmosphere of the nation's capital becomes daily moire tense in view of the tempo of the war in Europe during the last few weeks. Secretary of War Stimson has called on Congress to convoy sup plies to Britain. Wendell Willkie broadcast a speech delivered in New York Wednesday night which attacked the "Britain-can't-win" attitude of Lindbergh and others; and deliver ed a stirring appeal for "less talk and more action. Furnish to Brit ain today and tomorrow and .the next day her desperate need, ships the ships in our docks, the ships in our coastwise trade until it hurts, the impounded ships of oth er nations, the ships we are build ing." Willkie contended that Germany cannot invade Britain if her sea lanes are kept open, and that Brit ain will fail unless America helps her immediately and effectively. The house passed 266 to 120, a bill empowering tha president to take over . idle foreign ships and put them to any use he sees fit Secretary Knox said the navy was readier now than ever to as sure delivery of supplies to Brit ain if and when it were assigned the task. He asserted, "We are living in fearful danger . . . the only safety for us is to supple ment the forces of Britain." PRESIDENT DEDICATES WILSON SHRINE AT STAUNTON. VA. In dedicating Woodrow Wilson's birthplace as a national shrine last Sunday, President Roosevelt said, in part, "By meeting here today we are bearing witness, to the faith that is in us ... it is the load ci faith lor which we have 2nd Lieutenant ? ''" -T'i. f ' v $ Lieutenant Fred Gray of Franklin Silver Wings as military Riddle Death Due To Negligence Says Coroner's Jury A report has been filed in the office of the clerk of court in the Riddle case of the decision of the coroner's jury held in the death of Clyde Riddle, 24, of Madison county who was killed by a dyna mite explosion at Aquone April 19. After consideration of all testi mony the jury found the following: "That the said Clyde Raddle came to ' his death by being crushed under rock from a blast explosion on the top of the quarry and such death was caused by the negligence of his superiors to inform him properly to the exact blasting op erations between 1 p. m. and 2 p. m., on the day of His ikiatu, to wit: April 19 1941, on the job of the Utah Construction company at the dam site at Aquone, North Carolina. '.'. 'We further find that the man agement of the Utah Lonsiruu,ju company Was negligent m not giv ing its employes written instruc tions as to blasting operations prior to April 21, 1941." ; The jurors were Woodrow W, ! Reeves, Fred Cabe, Seth Crnnkle- j ton, Craig Steppe, J. T. Huston, and Monty Puvall. R. S.. Jones was attorney for the coroner's jury- The workmen's compensation act usually provides a compensation of $6,000 for death by accident of a workman on the job. Mr. Riddle, a foreman on the job, either misunderstood a signal or the signal system did not-work eye witnesses told investigating of ficers at the time of the accident. Red Cross Rooms : Open Twice a Week The Red Cross work rooms in the Episcopal rectory are open two days a week, Mondays. and Thurs days, according to the production chairman, Mrs. James Perry. This corrects an announcement erron eously made that the days were Thursdays and Saturdays. fought before, for the existence of which we are ever ready to fight again." BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA South America, regardless of its feelings cannot stay with the U. S. A. should Naziism defeat Britain. They depend upon European trade for the bulk of their exports ; the Nazis would use economic pres sure to impose political and mili tary dominance over South Amer ica. The U. S. would be faced with two terrible alternatives : To aban don S. A. to the Nazis, which would mean abandoning, the Mon roe doctrine. Or, the U. S. could resist at a heavy disadvantage. ADDIS ABABA. ETHIOPIA Haile Sakwsie, Emperor of Ethi opia, re-entered Addis Ababa Tues day after five years of exile while his capital was in Italian hands. TEHERAN. IRAN (Parti) Lieut Colonel William Snipp of Raleigh, North Carolina, whose father, Lieut, William Shipp was the first naval officer killed in the Spanish-American war. has been ordered to represent this govern ment as a special military observer at Teheran, capital of Iran, for merly Persia. In Air Corps Route 2, who has recently won his aviator at Kelly Field, Texas. Lieut. Fred Gray Becomes Flying Instructor At Randolph Field '. J. Fred Gray, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J.' Gray of Franklin Route 2, who graduated at Qemsoh Col lege last June, has received his commission as Second Lieutenant from the Air Corps Advanced Fly ing Field at Kelly Field, Texas, with appointment of . instructor in aviation at Randolph Field. As a distinctive badge of the military aviator he received the coveted silver wings insignia at the "recent graduation exercises held at the Air Corps' oldest advanced flying schools. Lieutenant Gray began his train ing at Hkk's Field, Texas; last September. Upon fulfilling the re quirements for the primary course his class was transferred to Ran dolph Field where they received 65 hours of basic flying training, which included ground training: in meteorology, aerodynamics, theory of flight, maps and map reading. navigation, communication and mil itary drill. They were then ad vanced to Kelly Field where they received advancd training on mod ern Combat ships of 650 h. p. motors. A training course of 200 hours or more of flying was com pleted. Many Callings Represented ' Of the '181 newly .commissioned flyers in this class of 41-Q 71 were recommended as instructors, the other 110 being assigned to tactical units.. Men. from seven of the nine corps areas: and every walk of life are represented in this class lawyers, divinity and medical students, mining, civil and mechanical engineers, farmers, man ufacturers and . other trades and professions. Headquarters reports that all are average young Americ ans; with ability to. learn, and the desire to serve their country in the hour of need. The air Corps has as its' goal the training of 30, OOO. pilots the coming year. C. ,Of C. Campaign Meeting Good Response The committee collecting 1941 memberships for the Chamber of Commerce has not yet completed its work. Unanimous response is reported as far as solicitations have been made.. The call . last week made by Secretary T. T. Love for the list ing of furnished rooms has met with a good response, it is report ed. Many have listed accomoda tions that will be available this season that will increase Frank lin's tourist capacity over last year. On account of the closing of Main street the information booth has not been open this week. District Conference To Be At Hayesyille The Methodist District Confer ence of the Waynesville District will be held at the Hayesville Methodist church, on Tuesday, May; 13. Pastors and representa tives from all the Methodist churches of Macon county will be in attendance and will give reports of the work of the first half of the present conference year. Excessive speed was the primary cause of 46 per cent of the traffic accidents in North Carolina in 1940. John O. Harrison Elected Mayor By L arg e Vote Macon Pastors Called to Defense Meet. In Agricultural Bldg. An important meeting has been called of all the ministers of Ma con county by Sam 'Mendenhall, farm agent, for" Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Agricultural building-' The National Defease program in Macon county, will be the sub ject of this ; meeting and the help that the pastors and their people can give will be discussed. "It is necessary that we make it our patriotic duty to help pur country's defense at this critic al time," said Mr. Mendenhall.' We must have the cooperation of the churches and their leaders to put this program into effect." A full attendance is urged. Franklin WiU Play Robbinsville Sunday -The Franklin team will go to Robbinsville Sunday to play in a double-header with the Robbins ville team. Higdon, a former Franklin ace player, will pitch for the Robbinsville team. He expects to return1 to the Franklin line-up soon. - Franklin baseball team was de feated in a double-header with the Isabella, Tenn., team last Sunday on the Isabella field. The score in the first game was 10-4 and the second was 14-0 in favor of Isa bella..':' Reynolds pitched in the first game and Newton and Cabe in the second. . The schedule for the local team wiH be announced soon. However, they will play the Boston Hoboes on the local field here on Saturday night, May 17, Main Street Closed For Hard Surface Main street has been closed since Monday morning to receive the finishing coat of hard surfacing. The State Highway department is sponsoring the work which" is be ing done by WPA. .The new sur face will be applied from the post- office to the intersection with the Georgia highway at the foot of the hill. This will complete the job begun with the widening of the street to the court house. When finished the street will be much improved for parking and for': pedestrians. Rural S. S. Work Shown In Pictures Carl Nungesser, Suptrintendent of the Middle Atlantic District of the American Sunday School Uni will show slides of the Sunday School work in our rural areas at the Franklin Methodist Church on Thursday evening, May 15, at 8 o'clock. Miss Nannie Bell Clark, graduate of . the Moody Bible In stitute, from Henderson county, will also be .present to give her testimony. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this service. Charles H. Saunders Dies Of Blood Poisoning Charles H.' Saunders, 67, well known citizen' and farmer of then Bethel community, died in Angel clinic on Saturday afternoon at 6 o'clock. He -was taken to the clinic on Friday morning suffering from blood poisoning which developed from a scratch on the back of his left hand by a barbed-wire fence on the Sunday before. Mr. Saunders was a son of the late Harmon and Emma Bennett Saunders. He ' was born on ', June 1, 1874 and . had lived his entire life in Macon county. On Novem ber 8, 1909, he was married to Miss' Mamie Dawdle, of the Clark's Chapel community. He was a mem ber oi the Bethel Methodist church. - Funeral services were held on Monday morning at 11 o'clock at the Bethel Methodist church. In terment was in the church ceme tery. The pallbearers were Lee Poia dexter, C Tom Bryson, Horace Nolen, Ernest Walker, Joe Palmer, and Boise Hall. Surviving besides the widow are five children, two daughters, Mrs. Nat Phillips and Miss Edna Saun ders, of Franklin; and three sons, Robert L. Saunders, of Wilming ton and Franklin, and Fred and Frank Saunders, of Franklin; one brother, Harmon Saunders, of Franklin and two grandchildren. Bond Election Referendum Approved By Big Majority Mayor .John O. Harrison, with 213 votes, was re-elected over two opponents in Tuesday's non-partisan municipal election, T. D. Bryson, Jr., received 124 votes and R. A. Tatton 83 votes in the mayoralty race. Three of the incumbent aldermen were elected to the board of six, one was defeated, one did not of-, fer for re-election and there was one vacancy caused when Mayor Harrison was named last fall to succeed Mayor J. Frank Kay, who resigned to go to Washington. Incumbents re-elected were Hen ry V. Cabe, f 375 ; T. W, Angel, Jr., 261 and Bern McCollum, 243. Named to serve with them were M L). Billings, 335; E. W. Long, 302 and John E. Hickman, 223. Alderman E. Tim Calloway, 159, was defeated. Also in the: race were T. T. Love, 209 ; John Bing ham, 144; Ray R. Swanson, 134 and W. C. Wilkes, 133. Alderman M. L. Dowdle did not offer for re-election. , Previous' Service ' Mayor . Harrison has previously served as alderman and also has served the county on the board of commissioners. AH the aldermen elected ,have served the town or county before. M. D. Billings has served" as mayor of Franklin and also two terms as alderman. Henry W. Cabe holds the record for long est service, havinB held the office of alderman for five consecutive terms, and then served out the un expired term of Walter Dean who resigned. With a gap of four years, the coming term will complete six consecutive years. E. W. Long has served as chairman of county com missioners. John E. Hickman, for mer Franklin postmaster for many years, has also served before. T. W. Angel, Jr., and Ben McCollum have served for the' past two years. Of the 600 who are registered voters on the town booK, 438 votes were cast. Those in charge of the polls stated that a number of citi zens appeared to vote who were not registered on the town books. In each case they had registered on the county books and were under the impression that this reg istration entitled them to vote in the town election. ' Bond Election Voted The referendum for a $10,000 bond issue for .street improvement ." authorized the bond election with a vote of 308 to 88. The proposed bonds will sponsor a Wl'A pro ject ,. to complete work -on the streets of Franklin begun last, year, including hard surfacing of impor tant thoroughfares, building side walks and curbs. M. D. Billings Suggested For Next Assembly Friends of M. D. Billings, who has just been elected to serve on the town board of aldermen, have been suggesting his name as a can didate in the next Democratic primary for the county's repre sentative in the 1942 General As sembly. " . When interviewed, Mr. Billings stated that if the citizens of Ma con county want him, he will be glad to serve them. Vacation Bible School At Methodist Church The Vacation Bible school of the Franklin Methodist church will be gin on Friday, May 15, and con- Ltinue through Friday, May 23. Classes are being arranged for all church school pupils of inter mediate ages. A cordial invitation is extended to all children in the community to attend the vacation .school. Rotarians Entertain Lions On Wednesday The Rotary club had as their guests at their regular meeting on Wednesday, the members of the Franklin Lions club. All enjoyed a delicious dinner served by the Macon chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Sam Mendenhall, president, pre sided, and the main feature of the program, was a moving picture of the Pennsylvania Super Highway linking Harrisburg with Pittsburgh. Mr. Ball, district director of the public relations division of the Standard Oil company made this interesting contribution to the meeting. He made comments on the 70 million dollar highway, which tunnels under mountains in-, stead of going around them and permits high speed travel. The Standard Oil company has the ex clusive service privileges on this stretch of highway.