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VOL. LX1I? No. 26
$2.00 PER YEAR
County Tax Valuation $10,500,000
Officials Hope To Get
Units In Operation
In Few Days
Creek water, passed through
one of the filtering-chlorinating
unite recently bought by the
town, has been approved by
state health authorities, and
town officials hope to have the
units in operation shortly,
pumping water into the town
A. sample of the water, after
It had passed through the filter
and had been chlorinated, sev
eral days ago was sent to Ral
eigh for analysis, and Mayor T.
W. Angel, Jr., Wednesday re
ceived a telegram from the
health authorities pronouncing
the water satisfactory.
The plan is to use the two
units, bought from the govern
ment surplus, to pump creek
water into the town mains as
a temporary means of increas
ing the municipality's inade- 1
quate water supply. I
The plan is to take the water
from the creek that runs
through the Gilmer L. Crawford
fann and under the Murphy
road. It is proposed to install
the units at a point near the
entrance to the Crawford farm.
This will necessitate laying
about 300 feet of pipe to the
end of the town's water main
on that road. In order to get
the units in operation imme
diately, however, fire hose may
be used temporarily, instead of
pipe, town officials said. '
Meanwhile, the water level in
the reservoirs, while still low,
Is somewhat higher than it was
a week ago, It was said.
The Rev. p. c. Welch return
ed Wednesday, after spending
three days at a conference at
Fruitland institute, in Hender
son county. .
50 Years Ago This Week 1
A party of boys: Will Curtis, '
Cornaro Balrd, Alfred Baird,
Oscar Ashe, Lon Pulllam Homer <
McConnell and Walter McCon- '
nell went to Nantahala on a 1
fishing Jamboree last Wednes
day and returned Saturday.
They report a catch of 212
Murphy Is following in the
wake of Franklin in putting on
city airs. The town council
have forbidden bicycle riding I
?on the sidewalks and stock run- .'
tilng at large on the streets.
In a one sided game of ball !
played here Saturday the
Franklin team defeated the .
Clayton boys by a score of 11 !
to 2 In a seven Inning game. '
The following is a lineup for
the Franklin team. Duvall, lb;
Mallonee, cf; Rogers, cf; Louis
Angel, c; Sloan 3b; Cunning
ham, 2b: Tom Angel, ss;
Rhodes, If; Jones p.
- Mr John H. Thomas has Just
finished the first kiln of brick
at his new brick yard near his
home and some of the brick
are being used In the construct
tlon of Mr. W. L. McCoy's
building on Main street. The
brick are of a pretty light col
or and are pronounced by those
who have seen them to be the
?qual of any brick ever used In
Curb market stalls and a
playground are under construc
tion on the property recently
acquired by the county, ex
tending through the block from
Main street to Church street.
? M. D. Billings will "Begin next
^treek the erection of a second
story on his building across the
street from the courthouse and
which Is now occupied by the
A Ac P store, the Nantahala
Power and Light oompany, John <
Moor*, and th# City nurtet. I
1790 1812 1846 1861 1898 1918 1947
EVOLUTION OF UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT OF THE U. 8. ARMY INFANTRYMAN? .ue progress of the United States in pro
viding for its national defense is pictured graphically in the sketches above. The pitifully small but courageous force mustered by the new
government in 1790 paraded in rocked hat and long-tailed coat and carried the ancient flintlock musket. In the War of 1812 the uniform
was improved but the flintlock ren-.ainei. except for Jackson's famous riflemen in New Orleans. The percussion musket, along with the
rifle, came in 1846 late in the Mexic War, when a conspicuous uniform and a cockaded cap made the soldier a perfect target. In the War
Between the States the same lonfc-barrelcd rif.e The uniform was blue, a color that was popular with the quartermasters as
well as writers of war songs, until khaki was introduced in the Spanish-American War in 1898. The breechloader and repeating rifle came in
during the Indian campaigns in :he 1070s. World War 1 saw amazing improvements both in uniform and equipment. Infantry unit?
embraced machine gun platoons >td the new steel helmet w*? of practical ??i The sketch labeled 1947 was made from a photograph of
a soldier in the latlst outfit. ?> lih l-attk- ticket and cverseas cap. The color is "O.D. 33", a shade of olive drab. The sketch shows a carbine,
but -Vie infantryman may also cany tVe JI-I lifle and hand grenades, and among his comrades are teams trained in the use of the machine
gun, the bazooka, the tommygun, automatic rifle, etc.
Senior Scout Expedition
On Wayah Will End
On Friday
Thirty-nine men from five
states have been participating
Ln the senior scout training
expedition on Way ah Bald this
week. The gathering, which
opened last Saturday, will close
tomorrow (Friday).
While "Camp Hangover", pri
vate camp of Gilmer A. Jones,
las been headquarters for the
expedition, the men have spent
i large part of the time camp
ing in tents and tfaU; hilflng
The purpose of the expedition
a to devise and .-test cainplng
ind hiking techniques and pro
cures, with a view to their use.
ay senior scout units in Boy
Scout Region No. 6. The region
jmbraces the two Carollnas,
3eorgia, and Florida.
Atlanta, Raleigh, Southern
Pines, Tallahassee, Fla., Griffin,
3a., Thomas ton, Ga., Macon,
Ba., Spartanburg, S. C., Union,
S. C., Rome, Ga., and New York
City are among cities repre
sented by scout leaders in at
The expedition is under the
direction of Herbert Stuckey, of
Atlanta, deputy scout executive
tor this region.
Hold 'Ladies' Night' At
"Ladles' Night" was observed
9y the Franklin Lions club with
i picnic supper held at Arro
wood Olade Monday evening.
Approximately 65 persons, 35
3f them members of the club,
were present (or the outing.
The evening was devoted to
picnicking and fun, with no
tormal program held.
T alley And Burnette
Store In New Building
The mercantile firm of Talley
and Burnette, which has been
located on the north side of
Highlands' West Main street for
the past 12 pears, moved this
week to the new J. D. Burnette
building, on the north side of
East Main street.
This new building, construct
ed of concrete blocks, will furn
ish a floor space of 2,500 feet
on the ground floor, In addition
to a basement of the same size
which will be used as a ware
house, according to J. D. Bur
nette, owner of the new build
ing and partner In the firm of
Talley and Burnette.
Moving of the firm's present
slock was completed Thursday,
and the store opened for busi
ness In its new location that
Rezln Pldgeon, of Atlanta, as
sistant regional forester, was
here the latter part of last
week and the first of this on a
functional inspection of the
Nantahala National Fortrt.
Thinks Stone From
Blast Killed Mule;
I Asks Investigation
The sheriff's office Wed
nesday morning received a
request to investigate the
death of a mule.
Earie Blaine, of the Wayah
section, said earlier this
week the mule, kept in tbe
pasture near the Blaine
home, showed evidence of
paralysis of the hind legs.
Mr. Blaine said he examin
ed the animal and found a
bruise on Its back. He told
the officers he believes the
animal was struck and in
Jurtd by a piece of stone
thrown in the air by a blast
at' the nearby quarry of the
state highway commission.
Sheriff's deputies said
they found big pieces of
, litAly broken stone in the
pasture. They told Mr.
Blaine that the matter was
one to be taken up with
the highway department.
Capt. Patton
Picked To Attend Air
Tactical School i
Capt. James D. Patton, son of 1
R. A. Patton, of Franklin, has
been selected to attend the sec
ond class of the army air tac
tical school at Tyndall Field,
Fla, according to an announce
ment received here.
Capt. Patton, who remained
in the army after the war end
ed, is now stationed at Panama
City, Fla.
The air tactical school is the
basic school of the air university
system. Its purpose, the an
nouncement explained, is to
teach the basic principles re
quired by officers to success
fully handle the responsibility
as squadron commanders and
staff duties.
Upon completion of the
course, Capt. Patton will be re
turned to his former station at
Biggs Field, Texas.
Methodist Supper Set
For Friday Night At 7
The F. S. Johnston Bible class
will be host at this month's
fellowship supper of the con
gregation of the Franklin Meth
odist church. The supper meet
ing will be held In the church
basement tomorrow (Friday)
[ night at 7 o'clock.
Slagle, Back From West,
Says Franklin Is
Missing Chance
Franklin and other commun
ities in Western North Carolina
are missing a big opportunity
by failing to beautify their
.owns, A. B. Slagle, just back
from a trip to the Pacific Coast,
declared in a talk at Wednes
day night's meeting of the Ro
tary club.
Throughout the West, Mr.
Slagle pointed out, the people
have done wonders in making
their towns attractive. Things
are clean, the towns have been
planned with an eye to beauty,
and everywhere there are flow
"Here in Western North Car
olina we have lots more to start
with, and we're doing nothing
about It.
"I feel like we are failing to
take advantage of our advan
Mr. Slagle indicated that
nothing impressed him more on
his trip than the way the
Western towns have been beau
tified, and he emphasized that
Franklin, with its natural beau
ty to build on, has a much bet
ter opportunity to become a
beautiful town than most of
those he visited.
In his talk, he told the Ro
tarians of his trip to the con
vention of Rotary International,
in San Francisco. He returned
from California Thursday of last
At Wednesday night's meeting
Retiring President Harmon
Gnuse turned the club gavel
and president's button over to
R. S. Jones, whose term as
president starts July 1.
Forest Group Holds
3-Day Meeting Here
Rangers of the Nantahala
National Forest ? John Waslllk,
Wayah district, George Ander
son, Tusquitee district, and John
Olson, Nantahala district ?
Thursday completed a three
day conference here with E. W.
Renshaw, supervisor, and other
officials. The purpose of the
meeting was to discuss allot
ment estimates for the fiscal
year starting July 1.
Next Week's Issue Of Press
To Be Published Wednesday
Because of the July 4 hol
iday next Friday, The Frank
lin Pre si and Highlands
Maconian next week will go
to press 24 ?hours earlier
than usual.
The Press ordinarily Is put
In the post office at Frank
lin late Thursday, and is
delivered to subscribers on
the rural routes Friday
Since there will be no
mail delivery on the rural
routes next Friday, rvral
subscribers would not re
ceive their copies of next
week's paper until Saturday
if the usual press time .were
observed, the paper, there
fore, wiH be put in the pact
office next Wednesday, and
will be delivered on the
routes Thursday morning.
Advertisers and persons
who have news items for
publication are requested to
bear In mind that next
wMk'a paper will go to press
?M day earlier than usual.
Rice Containing
Rat Poison Eaten;
Six In Hospital ,
Mrs. Dessie Eller and her
five children, of Titus,
Towns county, Ga., are ser
iously ill at Ansel clinic,
suffering from poisoning re
sulting from eating rice that
had been contaminated with
rat poison. All are expected
to recover, it was said Wed
nesday at the clinic, al
though Mrs. Eller still is
quite ill. Federal and Geor
gia state officials were here
Wednesday making an in
vestigation of cirmuc
stances surrounding the
Hill Elected
Principal At
George H. Hill, principal of
the Franklin district school .for
the past three years, Monday
was elected as principal of the
Robbinsville school.
Mr. Hill has accepted the po
sition, and he and his family
plan to move to Robbinsville
about the first of July.
The transfer to Robbinsville
is in the nature o'f a promotion
for Mr. Hill, it is understood,
since the Robbinsville school is
larger than the one here.
Thirty-five teachers' are employ
ed there, as compared with 29
at the Franklin school. At Rob
binsville, he will succeed J. D.
W. H. Finley will succeed Mr.
Hill here as supervising prin
cipal of the schools in this
district. Mr. Finley served in
that capacity from 1939 to 1942.
Mr. Hill has taken an active
part in the community life of
Franklin. He has been active in
the Lions club, during recent
months has served as superin
tendent of the Methodist Sun
day school here, and has par
ticipated in many other com
munity projects.
Nichols, Formerly Here,
Given Post In N. M.
H. B. Nichols, one-time ad
ministrative assistant In . the
Nantahala National Forest of
fice here, has Just been pro
moted to the position of Forest
Service regional fiscal agent at
Alberqueque, N. M , It has been
learned. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols,
en route for New Mexico, were
here Tuesday and Wednesday
visiting Mrs. Nichols' relatives.
The fifth Sunday Singing
convention will meet at the
courthouse Sunday morning at
10 o'clock, for an all day sing
ing, it has been announced by
James M. Raby, president. All
singers from adjoining counties
and states, as well as those in
Macon County, are Invited to
attend to take part.
Bruce Bryant, who recently
underwent an operation at
Angel hospital is reported to be
Improving and Is expected to
tx back at work In a few days.
IS $750,000
Macon's Taxable Wealth
Has Nearly Doubled
In 6- Year Period
For the first time in its his
tory, Macon County's taxable
wealth is in excess o f $10,000,
This year's total tax valuation
will be slightly more than $10,
500,000, figures compiled this
week by Lake V. Shope, county
tax supervisor, show.
This represents an increase of
epproximately three-quarters ol
a million dollars over the total
of a year ago. Last year's total
was $9,754,000. In terms of per
centage, the county's wealth has
Increased by nearly eignt per
cent during the year
In the past six years, the
taxable wealth of the county
has almost doubled. In 1941 the
total was only $5,772,399.
The exact total for the cur
rent year (the fiscal year start
ing July 1) Is not available, Mr.
Shope said, since all the re
turns from the North Carolina
State Board of Assessment
have not been received. That
board fixes tax valuations of
all corporations in the state.
The final figure, however, will
be slightly more than $10,500,
000, the tax supervisor said.
The last returns from the
state board are expected to be
in by the last of this week, and,
on a basis of the total tax val
uation of the county, the board
of county commissioners will
prepare its budget and fix a
tax rate.
The board is expected to be
in session most of the day Mon
day, working on the county
budget and discussing with
members of the county board of
education that body's budget.
The education board prepares
its own budget, but submits it
to the county commissioners for
approval or disapproval.
The board of education mem
bers also are expected to discuss
with the commissioners the is
suance and sale of the $400,000
in bonds voted for the purpose
of building new schools.
'Lost Colony', Now
10 Years Old, Will
Open Season July 4
It Isn't often that a play Is
still going strong years after It
was first presented to the pub
lic. But North Carolina has one
of its own which on July 4
will be 10 years old.
It is "The Lost Colony", which
next Tuesday will begin a 49
performance season in the
Waterside Theatre at Fort Ral
eigh, three miles north of Man
teo. This record is all the more
remarkable for the fact that
when Paul Green's symphonic
drama opened on July 4, 1937,
it was Intended as a more or
less local, one-season commemo
ration of the events which oc
curred at Fort Raleigh ? the first
British attempts to colonize the
New World, and the birth of
Virginia Dare, the first English
child born In America.
Plan All-Day Service
At Tabernacle Sunday
An all-day service will be held
at Friendship Tabernacle Sun
day beginning at 10 a. m., with
dinner to be served on the
grounds at noon. A children's
day program will be held in the
F ranklin
Friday, June 20: ?
Oilers 11; NP&L Co. 12.
Rotary 4; Burrell 2.
Monday, June 23: ?
NP&L Co 14; Burrell 10.
Oilers 2; Veterans IS.
Coming Games
Friday, June 27: ?
Zlckgraf vs Veterans.
Rotary vs NP&L Co.
Monday, June 30:?
Oilers v? Zlckgraf.
Rotary vs Veterans.

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