$1.50 PER YEAR
VOL. LV1, No. 35
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1941
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. V, 1 STATS
Warden Bryson Lists N.
C. Game Laws
The trout season will close Aug
ust 31, according to Fred Bryson,
Macon county game warden. '
Opening dates for hunting Sea
son in Macon county" are as fol
lows : -
Bear, October 20 to January 1,
bag limit, per day or for season
Deer, . no open season.
Racoon and opossum,.-October 20
to February. 15, no limit.
Quail, November 20 to January
31, 10 per day, 100 per season.
Rabbit, November 20 to January
31, ,10 per day, no" limit. -
Squirrel, September IS to De
cember 15, six per day.
Turkey, no open season.
Ruffed Grouse, November 20 to
January 1, two per day, 10 per
Dove, September 16 to October
27, 12 per day.
Duck, November 2 to December
31, 10 per day. :
It is illegal to ..short water fowl,
before sunrise or after 4 p. ni. -
It is.' unlawful to hunt on Sunday.
All s-hot guns holding more than
three shells in magazine and cham
ber combined must be plugged.
s It is unlawful to sell any game
animals or birds.
, In all cases convicted 'of violat
ing the North Carolina -fcante law
the court .shall require a surrender
of any hunting license then held
by the .person convicted.
. Hunting -licenses may be bought
at the following places :-..'-
Franklin. Macon County Supply
company; Angels Drug Store.
Cullasaja: Jesse. Estes; Wiley
Highlands : Highlands Hardware ;
Barry's. " Cafe. . '-. ' - -.V ' -".'.-': '
Scaly: J. D. Burnette.
Otto: J. E. Cabe.
Cartoogechaye : . Robert
Rainbow Springs: Mrs.
Aquone: L. C. Steppe.
Kyle : M. V. Morgan.
Flats. Clint . May.
; West's Mill: C. N. West.
Frank Franklin Beats Blue Ridge
In Final Season Game
Franklin slid into third place in
'the Tri-State League Sunday by
defeating Blue Ridge 6-3 in the
opener of a twin-bill. The night
cap was rained out in the fourth
inning. There is still a chance for
Franklin to drop into fourth place
as Blue Ridge has two more games
to play, one with .Isabella and one
..with Bryson City.-If Blue Ridge
wins both of these games they go
into third place, as Franklin has
, played all their games. However,
if Blue Ridge loses either game,
then Franklin has third place
As the play-off in the Tn-State
League does not start until Sep
tember 7, Franklin has scheduled
the' strong Hazelwood Club from
the Industrial League here Sun
day. Final Batting Averages
Sam Audry 1
Dan Reynolds 353
E. J. Whitmire ... ....... 350
Joe Gentry 349
Doug -Holsanback ......... ' . . 323
Jim McHarge 322
Phil McCullom iM
W. C. Newton
Carl Tysinger 273
Gene Melton .............
Ray English ,
Holsanback ...... 5
It was stated in last week's is
ne of The Franklin Press-High
lands Maconian that Burrell Motor
company had purchased the lot
next to the Macon Theatre. We
wish to correct that statement to
the- effect that the lot was leased
for an indefinite period of time
instead of purchased.
vTodern History Made
British troops are shown leaping from their Bren carrier as tiiey
take over the imposing ruins of the ancient Roman colonnade in Palmyra,
an historic city in the Syrian desert. This took place before the armistice
which ended hostilities between the British and the Axis-dominated
French in control of Syria.
Announcements Are Made
For Clerical Positions
In State Agencies
Announcement of merit examina
tions for clerical positions in all
agencies under the Merit System
Rule has been made today by
Frank T. de Vyver, supervisor of
jnerit examinations. Notification of
the coming examinations has gone
forth to some . .6,000. employees' .of
the agencies, persons who have
already indicated their interest in
taking the examinations, and to
newspapers, courthouses, post offi
cies, ra,dio station,?, business j
schools, libraries, professional and
labor organizations, ; and employ
ment bureausH over the state.
The series of examinations will
be '.given'' for the following clerical
positions: junior general clerk, sen
ior general clerk, principal general
clerk, typist clerk, Junior steno
grapher clerk, senior stenographer
clerk, junior stenotypist, senior
stenographer clerk, junior steno
typist, senior stenotypist, senior file
clerk, principal ,. file clerk, junior
calculating machine operator, sen
ior calculating machine operator,
junior graphotype operator, junior
addressograph operator, senior ad
dressograph operator, Junior book
keeping, machine operator, senior
bookkeeping machine operator,
junior key punch operator, senior
key punch operator, junior tabu
lating machine operator, and sen
ior tabulating machine operator.
Qualifying examinations (are com
pulsory for all clerical workers in
the following agencies : l"he state
board of health, the local health
units, the state board of charities
and public welfare, the county wel
fare .' departments, and the state
commission for the blind. All em
ployees of the unemployment com
pensation commission, including the
state employment service, who have
received their jobs on a provis
ional basis since the examinations
in 1939 and who have not been
certified because of exhausted reg
isters will be obliged to take the
examinations. When this new ser
ies of examinations are given, all
existing registers for these posi
tions are discarded. Any person
wishing to remain on a register
must, therefore, take the new ser
ies of examinations.'
Any other person, interested in
taking one or more of these ex
aminations may write to the Merit
System Supervisor, Frank T. de
Vyver, Box 2328, Durham, N. G,
and secure application blanks and
bulletin containing the minimum
qualifications for the positions. All
applications must be returned to
the supervisors office by midnight
of September 15. There all appli
cations will he carefully considered
in view of khe minimum qualifi
cations and each applicant will be
informed of his eligibility to take
The first series. of merit exami
nations gien in North Carolina
covered onlv the employees of the
Unemployment Compensation Com
mission. Four thousand six hundred
and ninety-seven persons were
found to have the minimum quali
fication. and took 11,877 examina
tions for clerical positions. For
the present series it is estimated
that some 12,500 applications will
be made and that some 10,000 of
these will be accepted. Examina
tion will be compulsory for the
500 employees of the several agen
Amid Ancient Ruin
Enrollment of 1,000 Pupils
Expected In Franklin
The public schools of MaCon
county, with the exception of
Highlands, opened Thursday morn
ing, August 28.
the Franklin schools opened
their doors at 9:15, while the rural
schools began at 9.
Fifteen buses will be used in
transporting the school children of
Macon county this winter, nine of
these bringing children from the
rural areas to the Franklin schools.
The Highlands school will' begin
the fall term on . September 4, ac
cording to G. L. Houk, Macon
county superintendent of schools.
W. H. Finley, Franklin . prin
cipal, announced that the en
rollment for the Franklin schools
was expected to exceed 1,000
C. OK SHOWS
Pres. Woodruff Speaks
On Present And
Ben Woodruff, president' of the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce,
in . speaking before a joint meet
ing Monday night, August 25, of
the Franklin- Lions and Rotary
clubs and the local chamber of
commerce was the 'responsibility of
its individual members. In order
to aid the board of directors to
reflect the policies of the group,
the speaker urged that the mem
bers i should, attend the meetings
and express their opinions concern
ing matters of policy.
""Our advertising activities have
been directed toward the scenic at
tractions, the -recreational facilities,
and our excellent summer climate
of Franklin and surrounding vici
nitv. with the idea in view of atE-
tracting tourist trade, from which
we would all benefit", .said the
president in regard to past policies
of the board of directors.
Mr. Woodruff gave the follow
ing facts in regard to the activities
of the information booth operated
bv the chamber of commerce :
liooth inauiries. 1985 through the
of Amrust 1940: 3369
through Aueust 23. 1941 : 7,500 fold
ers have been distributed in 18
states; 525 inquiries in regard to
accommodations and other items
have been , answered by mail.
In closing, the speaker listed
the following as proposed objec
tives for the chamber of commerce
to work for in the future : adver
tising to attract visitors during
the fall month., Western Union
office, Retail Merchants Associa
tion, more signs attracting tourists
to this area', ten thousand folders
for the coming year.
Business Firms To Close
Here On Labor Day
The following business , firms
announce that they will be closed
all day Monday, September 1, in
oWi-vance of Labor Day.
Western Auto Supply, .The
Franklin Press. Reeves Hardware
Co., Macon Furniture .Co., Franks
Radio & Eectric Co.. banners 3
and 10 cent Store, Frances' Shop,
rollv's: Blumenthal's, Macon Coun
ty Supply Co., Dixie Store. S & L
5 and 10 cent Store" Baldwin and
Liner Market, Swafford's Market,
Darling Beauty Shop, Jess bhop,
Pearl's Beauty Shop, Jo's Beauty
Shon. Franklin Hardware, Bryant
Furniture Co., G L. Pendergrass,
f. B. Pendergrass, Roy F. Cun
nineham. Farmers Federation, Ray
Grocery and Feed Co., City Mark
et, A & P Tea Co, Joseph Ajnear,
Voters To Decide Tuesday
On Courthouse Bond Issue
Bond Issue Questions
Express Belief Construction Of Courthouse Now
With WPA Aid Will Result In Large
Savings For Tax-Payers
We have , been - asked so many
questions pertaining to the .pro
posed bond issue, the election for
which is to be held on September
2, and as it is evident that there
is much '..misunderstanding pertain
ing to the purpose and effect of
such bond issue, we are endeavor
ing to answer below the questions
which seem to be uppermost . in
the voters' minds.
1. What is. the ..purpose of the
bond issue to be voted; on next
To authorize'. the Board of Coun
ty Commissioners to provide funds
for. 'the sponsors' contribution to
ward the total cost of 'a court
house and jail for Maoon County,
2. What is the amount of the
3. Must all of this amount be
used ? '
No. This amount is the maximum
amount which the codnty may con
tribute toward the costs of .the
courthouse and jail. If so 'much is
not necessary toward the comple
tion of the building and equipment
thereof, the amount of bonds to be
issued will be reduced accordingly.
4. If the courthouse is built, what
per cent will be borne by. the
Federal Government and what per
cent will be. paid from this bond
1 Approximately 65 to 70 per cent
of the total cost of the building
will be borne by the Federal Gov
ernment, the remainder to be pro
vided out of sponsors' funds.
5. For what purpose will our part
of the money be spent ? .
For a portion of the materials,
for skilled labor and for equip
ment for the building when it is.
f. Can any of the Government's
money be used in employing non
certified skilled labor?
Yes. . ' -' ' - '.'';.
7. May skilled labor be employ
ed and paid for from our part of
Yes. If the Federal Government
is unable to provide skilled labor,
the county may provide the same'
out of the proceeds of the bond
issue and receive full value for
the same. When this building is
begun the WPA may not have on
its certified list a sufficient' amount
of skilled labor to construct the
building. If such proves to be the
case, the county ' out of its funds
provided by the proposed bond is
sue ' may and will employ local
skilled labor plasterers, plumbers,
carpenters, electricians, pipe fitters
and such other skillet labor as is
necessary and will receive credit
or such funds thus expended. The
project proposed will include as
part of the county's contribution
the furnishing of such skilled labor (
as the government is unable to
8. What rate of interest are these
bonds to bear and how long does
it take to retire them?
The bonds are to be .serial bonds,
retired at the rate of $2,000.00 per
year and bear interest not to ex
ceed 4 per cent.
9. Has the WPA approved the
No. The same has not been sub
mitted and will not be submitted
to the WPA unless the voters of
Macon county approve the bond
issue at the polls. The Board of
Commissioners did not think it wise
to obligate Macon, county until
they were sure that the people ot
Macon county would approve tne
issue of bonds for the sponsors
contribution. The WPA officials
have assured Macon county 1hat
if the countv will sponsor the pro
ject that there is no question but
that the same will be approved.
10. If the WPA does not ap
nrove the project, will the bonds
No. $60,000.00 is totally inade
mntu tn tinild a courthouse and
jail and the county will no' under
aW to even start such a project
wWhnitt the assistance of the Fed
11. What is the present tax val
uation of the property of Macon
12. Based upon this valuation
raise our tax rate ?. .
Not to exceed, 8 cents on
13. Does this valuation take into
consideration developments under
construction, such as the Nantahala
l ower project ?
No. . -:.
14. Assume that the same valua
tion is placed upon the Nantahala
project as upon the Santeetla pro
ject in Graham, county, of two and
one-half million dbllar.s, then how
would this bond issue affect our
fax rate ?
If the tax valuation of Macon
county: should be increased- the
amount stated above, it would be
possible to take care of interest
and principal on the courthouse
bonds and provide the same amount
of revenue which is ,now being
produced and give the taxpayers
a reduction of at least 25 cents on
the $100.00. (In other words, on the
above valuation, the courthouse can
be built and paid for and a ma
terial tax reduction be given to
tire citizens of Maam county.
15. Are the rumors that the
TVA has taken over 4he Power
company correct? Absolutely not.
The contract between the TVA
nnd the Nantahala Power & Light
company provides that for a term
of 20 years the Nantahala Power
& Light company shall own and
operate existing properties under
private ownership and control. The
contract between the TVA and the
Nantahala Power & Light Com
pany provides for a unified opera
tion of all dams on the Tennessee
River system, both the N Fontana
dam to be erected by the TVA
and the dams now owned by the
Nantahala Power & Light company,'
to the end that the maximum ef
ficient use of the waters of the.
drainage area shall be had. It is
specifically agreed and understood
that the properties of the Nanta
hala Power & Light company shall
remain under private control and
operation and therefore the same
will be taxable as at present.
16. Can this contract affect our
tax rate ?
No. This contract will riot affect
our tax rate, for it provides that
the properties owned by the Nan
tahala Power & Light company
will be. taxable for the period of
the next 20 years.
17. Is there sufficient room for
the records of the Clerk of the
Court and for' the Register of
No. The vaults in which the rec
ords covering all property in Ma
con county are now stored are
now full to overflowing and im
mediate arrangements must be made
for additional . space which is not
available in the present courthouse
building. " .' '
18. Are the vaults now in use
adequate protection against fire?
No. In the event of the destruc
tion of the courthouse building by
fire, it is altogether likely that all
deed records, mortage records, and
other public records would be total
ly destroyed or seriously damaged.
These records could not De replac
ed. 19. Do the tax records of Ma
con county have any . sort of fire
No. There is at present no space
in which the tax records 'of Ma
con county are protected against
fire. In the event of their destruc
tion, the actual cash loss to Ma
con county would probably exceed
the amount of the proposed bond
20. Do the - records of the Sup
erintendent of Schools, , the Health
Department, and other branches of
the county administration have fire
21. How many offices is the
county now having to rent on ac
count of inadequate office space?
There is jio -space available in
the present courthouse for the wel
fare, department or the health de
partment. The county is now re
quired to provide for both of these
departments and is now renting
space in a private budding to take
care of these.
22. What is the cost per month?
23. Will a new courthouse pro
(CootiatMd on P E'lht)
how much will this
Much Interest Develops,
, '.-Voters of Macon' -comity will go
to the. polls Tuesday, September 2,
to decide whether the county: shall
have a new courthouse and jail.
Only iJiose persons who have -.registered
for this election will be al
lowed to vote. ,
The .'matter' to. lie voted -upon is
the. issuance .of. $V,I,(KKI in '. bonds .
to be repaid over a period of .30
year.s in order to enable tlie-eoun-ty
to sponsor, a Wl'A project for
the construction' -of a new court
house anil; jail. 1 Ins project would
be paid for mostly with federal
funds, the county, paying' one
third and the federal . government
paying two-thirds the total oot,
which is not to exceed $150,000." 1
The registration for (lie county
as a. whole, has been father, light .
but considerable interest lias been'
shown in some townships, espe
cially, in' -Franklin. '
The polls will be Open in ' the
various townships from 7 a. ni.
until 7 p. ill. v
' If a majority of tb'Ve . Voting
are in favor of issuing the 'bonds-.
the project will be submitted to
WPA officials for approval as
soon as possible. The county com- :
missioncr.s have been given the as
surance of Wl'A officials .that if .
the lond issue isapased there w-'.!
be --no ..delay in obtaining a WPA
Commissioner Favor Bonds
As the time , drew near for the
election the county commissioners
and several prominent citizen-;, all
considerable property holders and
taxpayers, .spoke out to express
publicly their approval on the bond
issue,. ' '
The commissioners, in a series
of questions and answers printed
in adjoining columns, expressed
the opinion that it would be only a
matter of time before the county
would be compelled to erect a
new courthouse.. - With a WPA
grant now available, they added,
the cost to the county would in
volve an increase in taxes not ex
ceeding seven cents, and probably
this will not become necessary in
view' of increases in the county's
tax revenue which will wpji ; de
velop on account of the Nantahala
, i ' , - . : t- i Tf
nynro-ciectric aeveiopmem. n
Construction of the building is de
layed, the commissioners declared,' i
it- may entail an increase in taxes '
running as high as 21 cents.
Among others who voiced their
opinions publicly were M. D. Bill
ings, former superintendent of
schools, and John M. Harrison,
mayor of Franklin.
"I am decidedly in favor of a
bond issue to provide funds' for.
a; much needed new courthouse
while W"A aid is available, said
Mr. Billing.?. "An adequate build
ing to meet the demands, of the
county's business would mean a
tremendous saving in efficiency.
The building of a .new courthouse,
I believe, would stimulate inter
est in new school buildings like- '
wise, to meet modern demands.' I
am in favor of new schools both
for Franklin and Highlands. If
the courthouse . bonds should fail,
efforts for new schools would like
wise fail. The fact of a new court
house and new school buildings
would add materially to property
valuations, because new . peojile
would buy property here whose
chief objection to moving to ,
Franklin is the dilapidated court;
house m'hich gives the impression
that we are riot - a progressive,
Said Mayor Harrison: "We
should build a new courthouse by
all means, while we ean obtain a
large grant of federal funds, rath
er than have to build it without
this help later, on. The increased
tax valuations in the county should
take care of the bonds with fair
assessments for all alike."
Several persons known to oppose
the bond issue were approached
by a representative of The Press
but declined to speak for publica
IRAN SUES FOR PEACE
(Special) Iran Government will
sue for pce it was announced
late this afternoon. Reports
from Berlin stated that the Iran
government would seek an armis
tice with the lintisn ana rvussian