t fftmklitt ftnb ?11)* IfjigWanh# jUaconian PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL INDEPENDENT VOL. LX1I? NO. 3 FRANKLIN, N. C? THURSDAY, JANUARY 16. 1947 $2.00 PER YEAR MACON TO GET NEARLY $9,000 FROM FOREST Return On Nantahala Receipts Figures 6 Cents Per Acre Macon County will receive ap proximately $8,900 as its share of Nantahala National forest receipts for the fiscal year end pi last June 30, it was announc ed this week by E. W. Renshaw, forest supervisor. A total of $23,254 96?25 per cent of the forest's gross re ceipts ? will be distributed through the state treasurer to the six counties within which the forest lies. Those counties are Macon, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, and Jackson. , Since the distribution is bas ed upon acreage in the forest, and since this county has 145, 385 of the total of 276,568 acres In the forest, Macon's share will be about 40 per cent of the total. The funds distributed to the counties are In lieu of taxes the counties would have received had the lands remained private ly owned, and are earmarked for schools and roads. Macon's share represents a return of about six cents per acre for all land within the forest. 'Under the national set-up, 25 per cent of the gross receipts of , national forests go to the coun ties within which the forests j lie. An additional 10 per cent ] is returned to the forests by the , U. S. General Accounting office for improvement of roads with- i In the forest boundary. I The 10 per cent returned to , the Nantahala for this purpose amounts to $9,301.98. Thus a total of $32,556.94 re- | ceived by the forest will be re turned to It and to the counties \ In which It lies. ,, The number of national for- \ est acres within each of the ] other five counties follows: ) Cherokee, 77,126; Graham, 72, 145; Clay, 57,040; Jackson, 18, 888; and Swain, 5,984. ' Mrs. Lester Conley Resigns From Staff Of Franklin Press Mrs. Lester dopley has re signed from the staff of The Press. Her resignation became effective last Saturday. Mrs. Conley, who has had charge of the front office at The Press for the past two years, has been with the paper, Intermittently, for many years, and is well known throughout the county. For the time being, she plans to take a rest, but will con tinue her work as local cor respondent of the Asheville newspapers. Methodists To Hear Dr. Wdst Sunday At 11 O'Clock Service Dr. Walter B. West, of Way nesville, district superintendent, will be guest speaker at the ' Franklin Methodist church at the 11 o'clock hour next Sun day morning. The theme of the service will be "Stewardship", which Is the main emphasis this year of Methodism's four-year Crusade for Christ program. At the close of the morning service, Dr. West will conduct the first quarterly conference. Nearly 750,000 farm dwellings had to be abandoned during World War II. r ? Do You Remember . . . ? (Looking backward through the files of The Pretu > / 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK Hon. J. F. Ray was honored with the chairmanship of the Democratic caucus that met the night before the convening of the legislature. 25 YEARS AGO Ad In The Press: FORD New Prices Cf. o. b. Detroit) Touring car, $348 00. Truck Chassis, $430.00. Sedan, $645.00. 1$ YEARS AGO Oldest Gray Veteran Dies Rev. J. N. Arnold, 97, dead; only 8 Confederates left In county, School Patrons Asked For Donations To Pay E le c t r i c Light Bills Patrons have been asked to contribute funds to pay the electric light bill of the Frank lin school. Principal George H. Hill ex plained, in a letter addressed to parents of children in eight of the school's rooms, that those rooms are equipped with "exceptionally good lighting fix tures", and that the state allot ment for electricity for this year has been exhausted. The letter added that "the county cannot pay for these extra lights because there was no provision made for them In last year's budget. About $29 a month is needed, Mr. Hill wrote. The text of the letter, which was addressed to patrons and was signed by Mr. Hill, follows: "X am sure that you know about the exceptionally good lighting fixtures that have been placed In the following rooms of the Franklin School: Mrs. Williams'; Mrs. Guffey's; Mrs. Margie Ramsey's; Mrs Wal lace's; Miss Moody's; Miss Hen derson's; Miss Franks'; Miss Jamison's. In addition to the three sets of fluorescent lights, each of the above rooms is equipped with two ultra-violet ray, health lights, through which the air of the room passes regularly. Since these health lights have been installed we have noticed quite an apprecia ble decrease in colds and com municable diseases. I am sure no other school rooms in North Carolina are better equipped to take care of the eyes and gen eral health of pupils than these. [ know that you appreciate this. [ do, because I have two little Jlrls In one of those rooms. "Now to the prime purpose of this letter ? It takes electricity to operate this equipment. It takes money to buy electricity. In fact it takes about $12 per month to operate 19 units of 9-Hour Nose Bleed Prove# Fatal To 13-Year Old Child | Ida Louise Henry, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry, of Whiteside Cove, died at the home of her parents Friday night of nose bleed. Her nose started bleeding nine hours earlier, and ef- ? forts to halt the loss of blood were vain. She had been ill for the past two months, suffering , from rheumatic fever, and had had a similar attack of nose bleed several weeks ago. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Baptist church at Scaly. Health Officer Will Give Examinations To School Children Dr. Mary B. H. Michal, dis- | ?rict health officer, has an- , lounced that she will be in j franklin Friday, January 24, , ind Friday, January 31, from , LO a. m. to 2 p. m. to conduct ichool examinations. The ex aminations will be given at the health department office in the tahear building. Prior to those dates, each school principal will be given ei list of children in the school Fund by the county health nurse to have serious defects, ar otherwise to need an ex amination, and these children, plus others referred by their teachers, are requested to be present at the hours stated. Dr. Michal Is in Franklin each Tuesday for administra tive clinic duties, and she point ed out that she has influence vaccine available at the health department for physicians and the general public. Liat Taker To Be Found In Courthouae Jury Room Persons In Franklin township who wish to list their taxes will find the list taker In the Jury room in the courthouse, It was announced this week. The Jury room Is on the second floor, to the rear of the courtroom. The list taker, Sanford E. Mann, will be on duty there dally the rtmtlndtr of tttii month. , health lights and $17 per month to operate the 104 units of fluorescent lights, making a total of $29 per month. The state pays for electricity used by schools otit of sales taxes and other sources. But this money is allotted on a per pupil basis. We have used up the al lotment already and the year is not half over. The county can not pay for these extra lights because there were no provis ions made for them In last year's budget. "The only way to keep them burning is to dig down in our pockets and pay. It will do lit tle good to say that the county ought to pay for them ? that large amounts of money have been paid into the county school funds this year from fines, etc. The lights will not ' be burning and the health lights will not be killing germs while we are arguing such matters. I doubt whether the county should pay for this service anyway. The county is not making provisions for the other chlldern of the county? Just those in the eight rooms mentioned above. If our children get this special service, we should help pay for it. As a parent I appreciate it very much and to show my appre ciation, I am contributing two dollars. The teachers of your children are giving you an op portunity to contribute to this fund. I hope you will respond liberally. "Friday, January 10, 1947 we shall show a short, entertain ing film to all children who contribute to this fund. Any j children who are not able to ; pay will be admitted free. We 1 have asked that all children 1 contribute not less than a j nickle, if they are able. Of course many will and should - countibute much more. 1 "LET'S KEEP THE LIGHTS BURNING!" PLAN SYMPHONY CONCERT HERE (750 Sought To Bring , N. C. Orchestra To Franklin Again The North Carolina Little ^ Symphony orchestra, which played to capacity audiences here last year, will be brought back to Franklin this spring, ' and the membership campaign to finance the project will start the latter part of this week, it has been announced by Miss Nora Moody, chairman of the local committee in charge. In order to bring the con cert to Macon County, it is necessary to raise $750, Miss Moody said, which is sought through memberships In the North Carolina Symphony so ciety. A $2 membership will entitle the member to hear the evening concert here, and a $5 membership will entitle him or her 'to attend any concert in the state. An afternoon concert will be given again this year, without charge, for school children. Bince it is not possible to ac commodate all the school chil dren in the county, each schcol will be permitted to send its proportionate share of children. The concerts again will be given in the Macon theater. The concerts again will be given in the Macon theater. Memberships will be sought by solicitors who will canvass the business district of Frank lin. with girls in the ' Franklin school ninth grade and mem bers of the Junior Music club doing the soliciting. While no date has been set for the Symphony's appearance here. It is expected to come to Franklin in the early spring. Members serving with Miss Moody on the committee back- , lng the project are Mrs. H. W. Cabe, Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones, the Rev. W. Jackson Huneycutt, John M. Archer, Jr., E. j. Car penter, Mrs. Weimar Jones, George H. Hill, and Mrs. O. F Summer, of Highlands. WILL SPONS6R CAKE WALK The Methodist Youth Fellow ship of Clark's Chapel church will sponsor a cake walk Fri day night, January 24, at 7:30 o'clock In the basement of the Clark's Chapel church. Funds raised will be used In the work of the organlutlon. RATE OF BIRTHS DECLINING HERE FIGURES REVEAL Totals Drop Two Years In Row; More Deaths In 1946 Than '45 The birth rate in Macon County appears to be declining, while deaths last year showed an Increase over 1945, but births here still outnumber deaths by about three to one. The number of births report ed to Lake V. Shope, Macon County vital statistics registrar, last year totaled 420, as compar ed with 437 for 1945. The 1946 drop in births was the second in succession, the 1945 total having been smaller than that for the preceding year, thus indicating a trend toward a lower birth rate here. The birth rate per thousand population (1940 census) for the three past years was: 1944, 354. 1945, 29. 1946, 27. Births in this county, how ever, continue to far outnumber the deaths. In 1946, 143 deaths were reported in Macon, only about one-third as many deaths as births. But more deaths were reported last year than in 1945. The totals were: 1945, 111; 1946, 143. The death rate per thou sand population in 1945 was 7.5, and 8.2 in 1946 The -1946 figures, by town ships, follows: Births Deaths Franklin 249 75 Millshoal 25 4 Ellijay 24 10 Sugarfork 16 4 Highlands 6 7 Flats 3 0 Smith Bridge 20 12 Cartoogechaye 29 5 Nantahala 37 4 Burningtown 11 10 Cowee ..... 34 11 Total . 420 143 All these figures are taken I from the records submitted by i the township registrars to Mr. Shope. McGlamery Is Named On 11 Committees Herbert A. McGlamery, Macon bounty's representative in the general assembly, was assigned -o membership' on the impor ant education committee of the louse, and to 10 other house :ommlttees, when committee ippointments were announced ?n Raleigh the latter part of ast week. Dispatches from Raleigh also isted Rep. McGlamery among -he group that staged a losing < fight to abolish the so-called ' gag rule" in the house. Under the rule, in effect, since 1941, it takes a two-thirds' vote of the house to bring a bill to the floor that has been unfavorably reported by committee. Mr. Mc jlamery and other western rep resentatives sought to change the rule to permit a majority irote to bring an unfavorably re ported bill to the floor. In addition to education, Mr. | ' McGlamery was assigned to the , committees on agriculture, ap- 1 propriations, congressional dis tricts, corporations, expendi tures of the house, mental in stitutions, Institutions for the Dlind, public utilities, senator ial districts, and printing. Baxter C. Jones, of Bryson City, this district's senator, was made chairman of the commit tee on election lajvs, the com mittee to which bills to change the absentee vote law would be referred. He also was made a member of the committees on appropria tions, propositions and griev ances, public health, roads, con gressional districts, conservation and development, counties, cities and towns, education, Judiciary No. 1, public utilities, mining, mental institutions, and state employes' retirement. JUNIOR MUSIC CLUB WILL MEET SATURDAY AFTERNOON The Franklin Junior Music club will meet Saturday at 3 p. m. with Richard and Marga ret Jones. A program of records and readings is planned, and a business session will be held. Parent* and friends of mem bra tra Invited. Postal Receipts At Peacetime High I Open Drive For $1,215 Polio Quota The 1946 campaign for funds to fight infantile paralysis got under way here this week. The quota set for Macon County this year is $1,215, J. E. (Jimmy l Perry, recently ap pointed county fund chairman, announced Wednesday. The 1946 quota, which was oversubscrib ed by $964, was the same amount as this year. Mr. Perry announced the ap pointment of aides and com mittee chairmen as follows: J. Ward Long, treasurer; Bob Sloan, individual gifts; John M. Archer, Jr., and A. W. Perry, commerce and industry; and schools, G. L. Houk. He also said that March of Dimes collection boxes will be placed throughout the county and that campaign cards will be distributed. In expressing confidence that the quota will be overscribed, Mr. Perry remarked that "most people realize that few families can meet the cost of extended polio treatment. Through the polio fund, treatment and care can be assured for all polio vic tims." "Because everybody knows the cause is so worth while, X know that contributions will be generous." Weaver Cochran Leaves Hospital; Assault Hammer Is Found Weaver W. Cochran, recent victim of a robbery-assault with a claw hammer, has now re covered sufficiently to enable him to leave the hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., it has been learned here. He is convalescing at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lola May, in Knoxvllle, Tenn, having left the hospital Mon day. Mr. Cochran had undergone two operations for the removal of clots from the brain caused by the beating about the head with a hammer. Carl Thomas Martin is now being held in the Bryson City jail charged with the robbery and assault. Mr. Cochran has sufficiently recovered so that he was able to give information which led to the finding of the hammer which the assailant struck him. The weapon was found near Walt . Jones' store by Wymer Cochran, relative of the injured man, and turned over to Sgt. T. A. Sandlin, of the North Car olina state highway patrol, at Bryson City. Mrs. McKee To Be Speaker At P. T. A. Meeting Monday Mrs. E. L. McKee, of Sylva, will be the guest speaker at the January meeting of the Franklin Parent-Teacher asso ciation, to be held next Monday night at 7:30 o'clock in the school auditorium. Mrs. McKee, widely known as a speaker, is expected to dis cuss the laying of a firm foun dation for education. Mexico Club Seeks 2,000 Items For Its Rummage Sale Plans are going forward for the rvmmage sale, whlclT the Mexico Club of the Franklin High school will hold on Feb ruary 8, and it was announced this week that it is hoped to have 2,000 articles on sale The rummage sale is one of the means the club is using to raise funds for the proposed trip of members to Mexico, as an educational and good neigh bor project. This project of the club's members is being directed by Mrs. Clinton G. Johnson, of the high school faculty, the club's sponsor. Production of centrifugal sugar In the Philippines dur ing the 1840-47 season Is esti mated to be only 10 per cent of prewar normal output. F ranklin Post Office Total Was $21,090 For Last Year Postal receipts at the Frank lin post office for the year 1946 totaled $21,090.08, according to an announcement made this week by Postmaster T W. Porter. This is a decline of $3,267.80 over the preceding year. The receipts this year, how ever, were the highest in the history of the post office, ex cept during the recent war years, when the yearly totals reached abnormal figures, due to the increase of mail to men In service. In 1945 the postal receipts reached their peak with a total of $25,377.88. But, comparison with the last pre-war year, 1941, shows an increase of $5,445.90. The postal receipts of the year 1936 ? ten years ago ? were $12,345.77; thus there has been an increase of $8,744 31 for the past decade. This indicates that the Frank lin post office is handling near ly twice as much business as it did 11 years ago, when the new post office building was con structed. $350 Raised In Christmas Seal Sale Last Year Christmas seal sales, sponsor ed by the Franklin Lions club, raised $350 last year for use in the prevention of tuberculosis in Macon County. Dr. G. B. Woodward, chair man of the committee, report ed to the club at its regular meeting Monday night that the past year's sales brought the fund total to approximately $1,000. Dr. Woodward expressed ap preciation for the "splendid co operation" he received in the sale of the seals, especially from the school children of the county. It was also decided at the meeting that the club will spon sor a local girl, to be chosen Later, to appear in the Flag of Nations ceremony, to be pre sented at the Lions state con vention in Asheville In May. Committee Has $2,052 On Hand To Furnish Memorial A joint committee from the Lions and Rotary clubs has been appointed to purchase furnishings for the Charlie Slagle Scout Memorial. The clubs, Hvhich sometime ago as sumed responsibility- for furn ishing the building, have raised $2,052 for the project The committee, which will work with the Memorial trus tees, Ls made up of Pritchard Smith, Jr., and John Crawford, with C. H. Aspinwall, as alter nate, from the Lions club; and Grant Zickgraf and the Rev. W. Jackson Huneycutt, from the Rotary club. Meanwhile, at Wednesday night's meeting members of the Rotary club voted to authorize the Memorial trustees to raze the present Scout house and use the materials in the con struction of a caretaker's house on the Memorial property. The present buLldlng, situated on the rear of the Masonic lot, was erected by the Rotary club. FIRE DOES NO DAMAGE A quick blaze, said to have been caused by the explosion of gasoline used in starting a fire in the kitchen stove at the home of Mr. Henry Hurst, in the Bonny Crest section of Franklin, was the cause of a fire alarm last Tuesday after noon at 4:30 o'clock. The blaze had been extinguished before the arrival of the local fire de partment. No damage was done to the dwelling. The Weather High Low Prec. January 9 43 30 January 10 49 17 January 11 ........ 53 16 January 12 61 40 .55 January 13 56 40 .44 January 14 60 46 .03 January 15 58 50 .40 Rainfall for 7-day period, I l.Sl lnchea.

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