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Published e?ery Thursday by the Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
VOL. 1.XII Number fifteen
WEIMAR JONES Editor-Publisher
Entered at the Post Office, Franklin, N. C., as second class matter
Telephone No. 24
A Big Job Finished
*?"?( ) Chairman E. W. Long, the only man who
* served as a member of the Macon County Draft
Board the entire six and a half years of its exis
tence, and to the other board members who so free
ly gave of their time, their effort, and their thought,
this county owes a debt of gratitude.
For theirs was one of the most trying tasks of
the war; it was a job without glamour and with
out pay, yet it was one carrying responsibility
that at times must have seemed to the board mem
bers almost too heavy to bear.
That they did a good job is attested by the al
most complete absence of public criticism ; and as
they are released from the burden imposed by a
sense of patriotism, they can well look back upon
their work with a sense of satisfaction.
But the record of the smooth functioning of the
Draft Board is more than a tribute to the work of
members of the board. It is a striking instance of
the effectiveness of democracy in action; for alone,
the board members would have been helpless. The
board was enabled to do its work so well only be
cause it received the whole-hearted and never-fail
ing assistance and cooperation of scofes of agen
cies, organizations, and individuals, in a wide va
riety of capacities, and of the general public. It was
a community effort, intertwined about the labors
of the draft board.
* * *
It is a far cry from October, i940, when the first
draft registration was held, to March 31, 1947,
when Macon County Draft Board No. 1 ? along
with local boards everywhere ? ceased to exist.
Historv was written during those fateful years
? what history !
Macon County's share in the record is propor
tionately small, of course, but nowhere in the na
tion was a finer page penned than that written in
folk ? all working together, toward a common
the toil and tears and blood of Macon County
England's Race Problem
liilOST thoughtful persons wish to speed the day
when full justice is done the Negro in Amer
ica?justice in educational opportunity, in the
courts, and in other fields.
But every sensible person who is familiar with
the situation must deplore the campaign to break
down the social barrier between the races. That
such a campaign is under way, and that it has been
deliberately planned with a view to breaking down
the social barrier that separates white and black,
is obvious from even casual reading of any one of
a number of periodicals. And among the worst of
fenders are the editors of some church publications.
If the campaign should be successful, it will
prove unfortunate for all concerned, and most of
all for the Negro.
How unfortunate it would be is indicated by a
news story from London. A United Press dispatch
Five thousand babies fathered by Negro American troops
stationed in England during the war will be shipped to
the United States on a chartered liner, the newspaper
Daily Mail reported today.
The babies will be transported to America "to save
them from growing up as social misfits and from pos
sible stigma," the newspaper said.
"The Negro Welfare Society of London and Liverpool
are finding homes for them in colored communities of
the United States," it added. "The children, from one to
five years old, were left behind by colored U. S. troops
stationed in Britain during the war. Their mothers are
England has had no social color line, and these
thousands of illegitimate children of Negro fathers
and white mothers are the result.
Yet in England, where there has been no social
harrier between the races, it is recognized ? and
recognized bv a Negro organization! ? that these
half-breeds would grow up in that country as "so
cial misfits" ; in other words, that their presence
would create a color line.
It is too bad that some of our would-be friends
of the Negro were not equally realistic. In this
country, all too often, well-meaning persons ex
hibit more sentimentality than sense ; they fail to
see facts as they are, rather than as they think they
They fail to recognize, for one thing, that dis
crimination and segregation are not necessarily
one and the same thing. Almost nobody defends
discrimination, but segregation is desirable for both
races. And the surest way to make progress is to
devote our energies, not to the breaking down of
the social color line, but to making segregation fair,
a segregation that applies equally to both races.
REPLY TO MR. SORRELLS
Mr Sorrells' letter of many questions, published In March
27th Issue of Tne Press, Is somewhat Interesting to me. Its
Interest springs mainly from the fact that his expressed view
is typical of that held by a very large number of people in
this country. This view might be summed up in the pnrase,
"If you have an enemy, keep him". I should like to point out,
however, that such is not the spirit of Christ, who died on the
Cross almost two thousand years ago. He died not for Hjs
friends, but for his enemies. He prayed for them. He expects
Christian people everywhere to <*o likewise.
The one and only thing that will stop wars Is the spirit of
the Man of Galilee Instilled in the hearts of men and women
everywhere. Beat a nation to its knees by the use of powerful
Implements of war, and it will rise up on the ashes of defeat
to fight again. But win that nation through love, manifested
in a spirit of tolerance and helpfulness, and it will rise up to
call us blessed.
America does not fight because she wants to, but because
rhe has to; and ccxiversely, she does n?t forgive primarily be
cause she has to, but because she wants to Would that v-hat
spirit prevailed in every country of the world today.
Charlotte, N. C., R M PEEK.
April 1, 1947.
Dear Editor and Fellow Readers:
I wish to express my thoughts in regard to Mr. J. C. Sorrells'
questions in March 27th edition ol The Franklin Press. To
avoid juggling and contusion, I will answer them as he asked
them, Nos. 1 through 5.
No. 1. This question was mostly answered by the editor, but
I have a few words to add. We are not indebted either to the
Axis or our ally nations, but we, as a Christian nation, are in
debted to all suffering h Mr. borrelis seems to have
forgotten Italy was allied in the latter part of the war.
Approximately 14 million:* ji Americans gave more than
anyone, regardless of how Ui-isy oonds he bought, and we had
no love for our enemies; bu. *as useless to win the war if
we sit back with full stunu.- ..ii und see the peace go because
of a few million dollars.
No. 2. Every American who ont one dollar or a million for
bonds did it Decause he was ued by the greatest nation in
the world that he would not -miy get his dollar back, but a
nice margin of interest.
Nos. 3 and 4. These qvestions can't be answered. They might
be surmised. Germany and Japan didn't win, and no man has
mental ability to fuuy propnesy what they would have done,
had they won the war.
No. 5. Mr. Borrelis seems to have forgotten lots of history re
garding Mr. Hoover s career. President Truman selected Mr.
Hoover for his ability and experience. Mr. Hoover was sent w>
Europe by President Wiisun after World War 1. Again he was
sent a year and a half or two years ago. And as for Mr.
Hoover's doing anything for us poor starving Americans while
he. was President, he did. Mr. Sorrells should read a bit. He
(Mr. Hoover) set up relief.
It was suggested by Mr. Hoover that both Britain and Amer
ica each contribute $475,500,000 through June, 1948, not as gift,
but as a loan to be repaid in the form of exports, before any
teparations were paid.
The soldiers on occupation duty all over the world want to
come home. It wasn't, and isn't, pleasant over there, and re
gardless of how hard a man is, it is touching to see old people
and children naked and eating out of garbage cans. Lasting
peace can never come to a starving people. Hunger will force
people to do anything.
If President Truman's heart bled any over Mr. Hoover's re
port on the German question, he hasn't held a press confer
ence over it yet.
?CARLOS A. ROGERS.
Franklin, Route 3,
March 31, 1947.
LET'S GO FISHING!
To hear most folks talk these days no one has time to do
anything. Still there's a lot being done; but folks rush here
and rush there with their tongues hanging out, panting ior
breath, and their mentality in a terrible whirl. The answer?
Go fishing and laze beside calm and peaceful woods and
water. Us? Weil, we'd like to Join you but we ain't got time
right now!!! Give us a rain cheek, will you? ? The Proof Sheet,
house organ of Caskie Paper Company.
Dan Tompkins, Jackson county's little, loud legislator, told
the house during its closing hours yesterday that he'll be a
candidate for lieutenant-governor next year.
Tompkins, an ardent dry and an even-more ardent foe of
the "gag rule", has been in the legislature for five terms.
He sought the lieutenant-governor's Job in 1940, but was de
In making his announcement, Tompkins said:
"So far as influencing legislation is concerned, I think the
office of lieutenant-governor is the most important office in
the state. By reason of the authority the lieutenant-governor
has to appoint committees in the senate, he can wield greater
influence in shaping legislative policy than the governor can.
I believe the committees in both- houses of the legislature
should be so appointed as not to prejudice any legislation be
fore its introduction and consideration."
Tompkins is a veteran of the first World War, in which he
served overseas as an enlisted man.
? Under the Dome column of The News and Observer.
DURHAM POINTS THE WAY
By way of an editorial in The Charlotte Observer we learn
of a plan recently inaugurated in Durham which to our way
of thinking should go a long way toward improving the schools.
It is recognized by educators themselves that they alone can
not build a good school system. The professional people must
have the aid and support of the lay citizenship of the coqfc
In Durham, according to The Observer, the r ;,izens have
"organized their own educational planning board to visit the
schools and find out what is going on." This organization
"appointed 10 separate committees that made thorough Inves
tigations of all aspects of the city school system, Including
physical needs, financing, professional reiationiiilps, the qual
ity of teaching and many others."
"After this Investigation they drew up a comprehensive re
port and presented their findings to tho city school board,
which met in special session to consider i."
That, according to The Observer, Is an excellent plan that
should be followed in Charlotte. We b?;Heve It might be fol
lowed In other communities. It should be made state-wide In
ltd scope. Truly, as The Observer poini* out, "the parents who
send their children to school and who pay the bill should
certainly feel a personal concern hi hu?r their children are
being taught and how their money is nulng spent."
? N c. Public School Bulletin.
It I ? good to rub and polish <,ur brain against that of
Next Week At 2
Schools In Macon
Mrs Josephine D. Gaines,
public health nurse here, has
announced two clinics (or next
A pre -school, typhoid, and
other immunization clinic will be
held at the Cowee school at 9:30
At the Goldmine school a
clinic for typhoid and other
immunizations will be held
Tuesday morning at 9:30.
LUNCH BOX tREAT
For the hearty sandwich In
the box lunch, split and butter
a generous square of corn bread.
Tuck well-cooked bacon slices in
the middle. Wrap c awfully in
Having qualified as adminis
trator of J. D. Cabe, deceased,
late of Macon County, N. C.,
this is to notify all persons
having claims against the estate
of said deceased to exhibit them
to the undersigned on or be
fore the 17th day of February,
1948 or this notice will be plead
In bar of their recovery. All per
sons indebted to said estate will
please make immediate settle
This 15th day of February,
M6 ? 6tp ? A10
Having qualified as executor
of the estate of Dr. John H.
Fouts, deceased, late of Macon
county, N. C., this is to notify
all persons having claims
against the estate of said de
ceased to exhibit them to the
undersigned on or before the
11th day of March, 1948, or this
notice will be plead in bar of
their recovery. All persons In
debted to said estate will please
make immediate settlement..
This 11th day of March, 1947.
DOVER R. FOUTS,
Burnsville, N. C.
M27? 6tp? May 1
Protects the Whole Family
Potts' Burial Ass'n.
Phone 164 or 174
Trieno restores pep to youngsters un
der 12 who or* "loo tired to ploy"
because of faulty elimination. Prompt
relief for upset stomach and gas duo
to constipation. Contains senna. Ef>
fective, gentle. Delicious
Caution: use only at
directed. 30c, large
nruj r? ALLIED drug
In North Carolina the aver
age, annual production of tim
ber has been approximately 1.2
billion board feet during the
put 35 years.
Sot TO constipation! Ul St AS DIRECTED
ATHLETES FOOT ITCH
NOT HARD TO KILL.
IN ONE HOUR,
If not pleased, your 3 5c back at any drug
?tore. TE-OL. a STKONO fungicide. con
Ulna 90% alcohol. IT PENETRATE8.
ia MORE germs to KILL the Itch.
Today at Angel's Drug Store.
Oldest and Strongest
In the County
When in Asheville
Asheville' s Largest
"talk of the town" Food
- at the
Eat More Fresh Florida Fruit
It's much easier to eat fresh fruits than to
spend your money for medicines. You will find
the fresh juices from Oranges much better
than canned juice. So keep a supply of Fresh
oranges on hand. Order from your neighbor
ASK FOR MAC's BRAND ORANGES
RABUN WHOLESALE CO.
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