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Another Mother'* Day
< )nce a^ain we approach Mother's Day.
Hven in the far-oil, pre-war days, when life was
normal ami serene indeed as compared with today's
hectic uncertainty, we observed the day with an al
most religions reverence c regardless of our race,
creed, station, or ajje, on that day each of us paid
sincere homage to the woman who <jave us life.
This \ ear the day has special significance. For
the first time in years, millions of mothers, the
world over, can receive the tributes of their chil
dren without the presence of a shadow; this year
their hearts are filled with genuine rejoicing and
But not all.
There are other mothers ? scores 01 inem neic m
Macon. County ? for 'whom1 the day's happiness will
depend upon memories ... a smiling little boy,
chubby and red-cheeked, proudly bringing a red
flower to his mother to he pinned on him before
he toddles off to Sunday school . . . the extrava
gance of a high school youth who forgot the si/e of
his allowance when he bought a Mother's Day cor
sage or box of candy . . . the Mother's Day card,
thoughtfully mailed weeks in advance, last year, or
the year before, or the year before that, from some
far place. . . .
Next Sunday will find these mothers with "heavy
hearts. But they, because motherhood conveys
greatness, will find joy in the happiness and relief
of other, more fortunate mothers. They, too. will
smile . . . just as they did through the days and
nights of agonizing uncertainty, through the dead
weeks and months and years that followed official
confirmation of their worst fears. . . .
Their sons were brave . . . these mothers are
braver. And this Mother's Day. as we salute our
own mothers, living and dead, those of us who are
thoughtful will pause an instant, uncovered, in tri
bute to them.
A Good Job
The Franklin hoard of aldermen is to he con
gratulated upon adopting an ordinance requiring
the inspection, before and after slaughter, of all
meat that is to he sold in Franklin. Civic-minded
citizens will take pride, too, in the fact that Frank
lin is one of, the first towns in this region to adopt
such an ordinance, leading instead of following.
Neighboring towns undoubtedly will follow Frank
In this day, when so many of us must buy all or
a large part of what we eat, our local government
has no greater responsibility than that of safeguard
ing the public health. And certainly public health is
endangered when there is no inspection of fresh
meat offered for sale.
Most slaughterers and markets undoubtedly will
welcome the regulation: for no Macon County
slaughterer or market operator wants to sell food
that might he a menace to the health of those who
buy and eat it : and the only way to be sure that
the meat does not come from a diseased animal is
through inspection bv a qualified veterinarian.
It is to he hoped that the services of such an of
ficial can he obtained promptly, so that the ordi
nance can go into effect without delay.
The Cancer Drive
Macon County will raise its quota of $300 for the
fight against cancer. That may be taken for granted
for two reasons: The amount is comparatively
small : and, regardless of the size of the quota, this
county always does its part in behalf of any worth
It is important, of course, that this fund be raised.
Equally important, however, is the educational
phase of the campaign : for you cannot raise money
to fight a disease without creating interest in and
the tongue or cheek: avoid clothing that is uncom
disseminating^formation about the disease.
Here are some simple rules, which, if followed,
will save many Macon County persons from death
1. See a doctor immediately about : Any sore that
? ? ? LETTERS ? ? ?
AN OPEN LETTER
To Joseph Stalin
Dear Comrade Stalin,
In order to maintain their ties and not grow apart friends
should communicate with each other. When an actual visit? is
impossible, the best thing to keep friendship active and warm
is an occasional letter, the kind in which one really opens his
heart and tells his friend what he thinks. And so I am writing
you now a letter which I have too long delayed. Because, al
though- you may not know it, I have counted you among my
friends for nearly twenty years.
Twenty years is a long time, and I know you will realize I
am merely taking the privilege of an old friend, one of your
earliest well wishers in this country half y/ay around tne
world, if 1 am a little critical of some of your recent acts or
I have no doubt that you and I have the same ultimate ob
jective ? that you long as I do to see the universal attainment of
brotherhood of nations and brotherhood of man. And so I
am sure you will understand that any criticism on my part
is associated with love and admiration rather than hate and
First,, let me state in a few words the basis of my moral
philosophy. I believe that there are three supreme qualities,
or characteristics, which man. should have. If he has all three
he has everything. If he lacks one of the three he falls short
of true greatness. They are courage, honesty and humility. Of
course there are other great qualities, but they stem from
these three. Generosity is a noble trait. But if one has hon
esty and humility he cannot avoid being generous. Loyalty is
something we admire with all our hearts. But, given courage
and honesty, a man will have the truest type of loyalty.
And now, as friend to friend, may I appraise some of your
recent actions in the light of the three great qualities? First,
there is courage. You have that, Comrade! All the world pays
homage to the courage which you and millions of other Rus
sians displayed before Leningrad, Moscow, Stalingrad, and on
a thousand other battlefields. In courage you are tops. We
are willing to take second- place. Then there is honesty. Here
you have something to be desired. I will mention just two re
cent instances, and perhaps you will be able to think of others.
In the light of your treaty with your ally, Chiang Kai Shek,
your removal of a large amount of industrial machinery from
Manchuria was not entirely honest. I am familiar with your
contention that, because this was Japanese machinery, it was
legitimate war booty. But, in view of the facts that China was
your ally, that this machinery was in China, and that China
needed it more than you did, the justification will not stand up.
And now consider your present expressed attitude in regard to
cash reparations from Italy. You know that the United Na
tions have sent several hundred million dollars worth of sup
plies into Italy in an attempt to ward off starvation, and that
much more must be sent. When you insist on reparations other
than such things as the Italian fleet, therefore, you must
know that, ultimately, somebody besides the Italians will pay
them, and such insistence lacks honesty.
And now humility. Here the picture is not as clear as it
might be. This great quality is not as easy to recognize and
appraise as the others. By humility I of course do not mean
the false, swireling, self-abasement which some people put on
as an act and for a purpose. I mean simply the opposite of
arrogance.. I think arrogance is the trait which I hate most.
It may be that you rate pretty well in humility. But from ex
perience we in America know that it is( very difficult for a
great nation which has just achieved victory over powerful
foes to resist a display of arrogance and conceit. And so, al
low me to caution you, in your dealings with friends and foes,
the man with true humility will always realize that not all
right is on his side, and thkt one is degraded more by unjust
oppresion of others than are those oppressed.
And now please don't think I am Pharisaical, which God
knows I have no right to be. We Americans don't stack up too
well when examined for the three great virtues. Courage we
have ? but I have already allotted you first place. If we were
quite honest we would not refuse to go along, all the way, in
kicking the facist usurper, Franco, out of the Spanish gov
ernment. In humility we go to the bottom of the class. When
a member of our Congress comes back from an inspection of
uost-war conditions in Europe and says, in effect, that Euro
pean populations are made up of decadent and ignorant peo
ple not worth saving; and when a certain percentage of our
soldiers in foreign lands (I do honestly believe it is a small
percentage! are so loud mouthed, ill mannered, arrogant and
lawless as to bring shame and disgrace to the honored uni
form they wear; then it ill behooves an American to criti
cize anyone else.
And so you must realize, Comrade Stalin, that I do not
mean just to be critical. I want our great nations to work to
gether, in mutual trust, not each one for itself, but both for
the whole world. I know that our actions in the past have not
always been of a kind to inspire trust from your country. But
let's give each other another trial. Great Russia is so power
ful now that she does not have to be cautious. The might of
her sons and daughters guards her against anything that we
or anyone else could do. She can afford to be charitable, gen
erous, trustful. Let's give it a try. Shall we?
Franklin, N. C., U. S. A. NEVILLE SLOAN.
May 1, 1946.
docs not heal, particularly about the tongue, mouth,
or lips : a painless lump or thickening, especially in
the breast, lip, or tongue ; bloody discharge from
the nipple or from any of the normal body open
ings : progressive change in the color or size of a
wart, mole. Or birthmark; persistent indigestion;
persistent hoarseness, unexplained cough, or diffi
culty in swallowing ; or. any radical change in nor
mal bowel movements.
2. See a doctor at least once a year for a general
3. Observe these health rules: Keep the mouth,
tongue, and throat clean ; keep the teeth clean and
free from cavities and jagged edges that scratch
the tongue or cheek ; avoid llothing that is uncom
fortablely tight fitting or chafing," especially to the
breasts and abdomen; avoid the use of food or
drink that proves irritating to the stomach; and
keep the skin cl^'an.
If Moses had been a committee, the Israelites would still be
in Egypt. ? S. B. Hughes in Christian Herald.
The saints are sinners who keep on trying. ? Robert Louis
I like to see a man proud of the place In which he lives;
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of Mm.
? Abraham Lincoln.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your
thoughts.? Marcus Aurellus.
He who strikes the first blow confesses that ht has run out
of ideas ? Chinese Proverb,
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Equipment with two heating unit* and a circu
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Macon Theatre Bldg. Phone (01
ONE STORE BUILDING
Good location, three miles from Franklin,
on Dillsboro highway
SMALL STOCK OF GOODS
4 Showcases ? one Counter ; ? Scales ?
? Also ?
One new Meadow Corn Mill, One Crusher,
One EJectric Motor, 5 h. p.
One Platform Scales
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C. E. Smith
The D. A. Goes to Trial ? Erie
Stanley Gardner. How was
Doug Selby to identify the
dead hobo ? after the body
had been cremated?
Rim of the Desert ? Ernest
Haycox. A swift, jarring tale
of the bitter fight between
homesteaders and cattle
ranchers for "free" land in
the Old West.
Young Widow ? Clarissa Fair
child Cushman. Not one, but
four unwanted suitors com
plicated life for Joan Bain
bridge, because she was
through with life and love
forever ? at twenty-six.
Girl of the Limberlost ? Gene
Stratton Porter. The tender
novel of love and courage
that captivated millions.
Claudia ? Rose Franken. The
heart-warming human story
of a lovely wife, a young hus
band, and an affectionate
mother-in-law from which
the movie and radio programs
Secret .Marriage ? Kathleen
Norris. Mary Burleigh, nine
teen and penniless, secretly
married her first love and
then met the man she really
Comanche Kid ? E. B. Mann.
A hard-fighting young man
undertakes to disprove
charges -of theft and murder
against his father who was
one of the famous gunmen of
the early west.
Confidential ? Donald Hend
erson Clarke. The single
handed fight of a New York
newspaper reporter against
the big shot of the New York
Alimony ? Faith Baldwin. Must
a man pay a woman not to
live with him, even though
she prefers another man?
Passion Flower ? Kathleen
Norris. Acting before her mir
ror hadn't prepared Cassy for
a world in which other women
consider a man free If his
wife can't hold him.
Rebecca ? Daphne du Maur
ier. "Superb, good entertain
ment . . . this is a melo
drama with all the trim
Jane Eyre ? Charlotte Bronte.
The world-famous novel of
self-sacrificing and tragic love
from which the motion pic
ture was made. C
China Flight ? Pearl S. Buck.
\ dramatic tale ol high ad
venture in Jap-held Shanghai.
Rustlers' Round-Up ? E. B.
Mann. The mysterious "Whist
ler" brings two blazing guns
and the law to wide-open
District Nurse ? Faith Bald
win. Elliyi was cool and im
personal in helping poor girls
who had been betrayed ? un
til one of them mentioned
Rich Girl, Poor Girl ? Faith
Baldwin. The story of two
girls and the man they both
rhe Case of the Perjured
Parrot ? Erie Stanley Gardner.
Perry Mason and Delia Street
solve an apparently untrace
able murder under exceeding
ly bizarre circumstances.
China Sky ? Pearl S. Buck. The
story of two brave American
ioctors? a man and a woman
?who found love and hos
pital duties in bomb-torn
rhe D. A. Calls It Murder
Erie Stanley Gardner. Doug
Selby solves the murder of an
unidentified minister. Awhiz
ser by America's best-selling
Heartbroken Melody ? Kath
leen Norris. America's great
:st romantic novelist tells the
story of a girl in the world of
Qusiness who learned how
unsatifactory office love can
tVeek-End Marriage ? Faith
Baldwin. What kind of a
dome can a girl make for
herself and her man If she's
running to an office day
times and skipping out to the
lellcatessen at night?
Or. Whitney's Secretary ?
Dorothy Pierce Walker. Her
:ourage helped him make the
nost of his profession and ?
rhe Case of the Sulky Girl?
Srle Stanley Gardner. Perry
tfason, retained by a beauti
ul, bad-tempered hell-cat,
vins her life in a trial where
ill the evidence is against
Illlbilly Doctor ? Elizabeth
ielfert. Three very different
fomen fight to control the
areer and heart of a brll
iant young Doctor in the