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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
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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.
    

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