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There is a story about the long army convoy
that reached a point where the highway went
through a tunnel, and the top of the tunnel was
about an inch too low to admit the military ve
hicles. The convoy already was late, and to take
another route would lengthen the trip by some
thing like a hundred miles.
Experts, called in, measured and figured and
debated soberly what to do. Cut off the tops of
the vehicles? Attempt to raise the roof of the tun
nel? Or blast the tunnel wide open?
A small boy, listening, volunteered the sugges
tion: "Why don't you just let a little air of of the
With the thought in mind that sometimes the
layman ? because he can see the forest in spite of
the trees ? has an advantage over the expert, we
offer these non-technical suggestions to the Frank
lin Board of Aldermen as it struggles with Frank
lin's water problem :
1. The town should utilize the respite the fall
and winter months provide to do some long-time
planning ? and planning for two or three, or eVen
five, years is not long-time.
2. Once a plan is worked out and made public
and meets public approval, every move should be
toward completion of the long-time plan, rather
than just a temporary expedient. We probably
can't carry out a long-time plan all at once, but
we can do it a step at a time.
3. This is a land of abundant water, and
town 'should encourage, instead of discour
aging, the use of water ? encourage it both by pro
viding plenty, and by making its rates low. Frank
lin could hardly make a better investment than to
build here a clean and beautiful community. And
you can't be clean ? whether it's .streets, or auto
mobiles, or the inside of kitchens ? without water.
Nor can we have green lawns and luxuriant flowers
4. The mountain area is noted for the quality
and purity of its water, and it would be foolish not
to take advantage of that fact. Towns in the flat
country have little choice but to attempt to purify
polluted water from rivers and creeks. We are for
tunate enough not to be forced to do that. The fact
is we probably could obtain the use of one or half
a dozen watersheds at little or no cost, because
once again we are fortunate in having them owned
by an agency ? the Forest Service ? which consid
ers providing water for the people one of its major
Three Could Do It
To Mr. Curtice, president of General Motors; Mr.
Ford, president of Ford Motor Company; Mr. Col
bert, president of Chrysler Corporation :
Your companies make about 90 per cent of all
U. S. automobiles.
Last year those cars killed 40,(XX) Americans. An
other two and a half millions were injured ? from
slight bruises to arms, legs, and eyes lost forever.
If that many soldiers had been killed by an enemy
weapon in the war, the headlines would have been
big and black. Kven now, in peacetime, when a
plane crashes with a death list of 50, the headlines
run across many columns. But 100 are killed every
single day in the cars which you produce.
Recently the Governor of Connecticut, to stop
this -slaughter, cracked down on speeders in his
state. Troopers, concentrated for the purpose, halt
ed every speeder. Flagrant offenders had their driv
ing licenses suspended for 30 or 60 days. There
w?re no exceptions.
Complaints from motorists were loud and bitter.
Yet the death and accident rate dropped by 11 per
cent. That shut the mouths of objectors. You can't
argue against cold facts.
Earlier, North Carolina had clearly demonstrated
the definite relationship between speed and high
Connecticut has a maximum legal speed of 45
miles an hour, except that 55 is permitted on park
ways. North Carolina's maximum is 55. The max
imum in other states varies. The lowest is the Dis
trict of Columbia's ? 25 miles. The highest are in
Oklahoma and Wisconsin ? 65 miles, 55 at night.
The average for all 48 states is 55 or 60.
From your giant assembly lines, though, come
cars that can far exceed those legal limits. They do,
constantly. Your ads subtly invite us to break the
"Surging 227 horsepower . . . Flashing action . . .
More zip for passing . . . You'll leave traffic lights
behind like lightning . . . Pass in a split jiffy . . .
All of these ads urge us to step on the gas and
never mind the law. Or the inevitable blood and
Professional racing drivers can speed safely on
the Utah salt flats. An average motorist on an
average road cannot. Millions of drivers are not
skilled. They are near-sighted, their reactions are
slow. They are careless, reckless, stupid. Putting
them behind the wheel is like giving a baby a
straight-edge razor or matches and dynamite caps.
Suppose they were protected from their own
folly. Suppose they couldn't buy a car that would
exceed the legal limits. And then suppose the death
rate dipped by even 10 per cent.
We'd have 4,000 fewer widows, orphans, be
reaved parents this year. Thousands more would
not need artificial eyes and legs, or crutches.
Three men could bring about that happy result.
You three, working together. Not one or two of
you, but all three. You would have to reverse a
trend ? the frenzy for more speed, bigger and more
powerful motors. Instead, your advertising would
talk about safety, economy, comfort, legality.
Could it be done? Yes, by you three gentlemen ?
and your associates. And if 40,000 dead bodies
could speak they would implore you to take this
drastic, this far-sighted, this truly patriotic action.
Editor, The Press:
In fifteen years as a member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, my wife and I have had the pleasure of traveling
to all sections of North Carolina, and in a great many areas
of the entire U. S. However, I think we can say in all sin
cerity that never have we been received with such kindness
and hospitality as was shown us a few weeks ago by your
local V. F. W. post and Auxiliary members, as well as the en
We were extended special courtesies as V. F. W. members by
the Franklin Motel and Horsley's Cafe. Many thanks! We as
All people in each race should applaud those in the other
race who want a Christian solution (of the desegregation
problem i. If . . . each person in each race should try each
day to speak some kind word or do some kind act to some
person in the other race, we should have a climate in which
rach a Christian solution should be assured.? Dr. Clarence Poe
In The Progressive Farmer.
Icecft them Safety
by VOUfl example
sure you the trip will long be remembered, and we are look
ing forward to a return visit.
MR. AND MRS. C. A. RUDISILL
356 Haywood Road,
West Asheville, N. C.
How Wilson Must Have Come
Editor, The Press:
I would like to come forward with some help In solving the
mystery of Just how Mr. Thos. W. Wilson (President-to-be)
arrived at Horse Cove. I have noticed that this has aroused
some considerable comment and interest in the county and
some editorial comment nearby.
The question is, of course, easily settled with a little appli
cation of the Holmes technique, as outlined below.
It has been established that Wilson did come to Horse Cove,
but it seems that he never did tell his correspondent as to his
route of arrival. But wait! He has left us a clue that the
astute might follow. Remembering President Wilson, I believe
that all of those who do might gain by his example of sig
nificant innuendo; by applying this to his reference to the
"most ill-kept roads", there is only one conclusion as to his
route on his way to Horse Cove. He must have ccime by Cash
iers, N. C. and there some moonshiner, awed by such an Im
posing company, and possibly with some insignificant other
motive, directed the coach-and-four by way of Olenvllle, up
Pine Creek, down Walnut Creek, and thence to the cooler
sanctuary of Horse Cove, as the Walnut Creek Road, In the
memory of man both oral and recorded, has been the most
"111 kept" of any road hereabouts.
I realize, of course, that this information is probably late,
inasmuch as the county historian has no doubt already noted
this obvious fact and entered same in the chronicles accord
WENDELL P. KEENER
Walnut Creek Road.
(Opinions expressed In this spaee are not necessarily those
of The Press. Editorials selected for reprinting here. In fact,
are chosen with a view to presenting a variety of viewpoints.
They are, that Is. Just what the caption says ? OTHERS*
Nothing Ever All Wrong
(Englewood, Colo., Press)
Nothing Is ever all wrong. Even the stopped clock Is right
twice a day.
(Johnstown, Colo., Breeze)
To make a mistake Is human, but when the eraser wears
out before the pencil, you're overdoing It.
Price Of Civilization
They're annoying and painful. Yet we cannot afford to take
th# attitude that taxes are "taken" from us.
The fact is that we get a lot for our money. The dollars
that go to run the government are, as the late Supreme Court
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, the price we pay for
? Greeley (Colo.) Tribune
You Can't Eat Integration
(Davis Lee in His Newark, N. J., Telegram, a Negro Newspaper)
This integration-segregation issue has stirred up bitterness,
hatred, prejudices, and has destroyed long-standing friend
ships. But, strange as it may seem, fifty per cent of the Ne
groes are not concerned about it either way.
The liberals, who are frothing at the > mouth and shedding
crocodile tears over the plight of the poor Negro in the South,
will gladly give him integration, but won't give him a job or
provide his family with clothing or bread.
The Southerners don't want to have integration, but they
will gladly give him a job and help clothe and feed his family.
The liberals will open their schools to Negro children, but
they won't hire many Negroes as teachers. The South won't
admit Negro children to its schools, but they will give the
Negro his own school manned by teachers of his own race.
And all of this is given to him without cost.
There are forms of segregation that are degrading and
humiliating, but to have one's own school and teachers is
not one of them. Giving the Negro his own school and teach
ers is more in keeping with that concept of freedom, justice,
and equal opportunity that the founding fathers had in mind
than is an integrated system of education . . .
In no section of the country does the Negro enjoy the edu
cational, employment, and economic opportunities which he
enjoys in the South.
The labor unions are pouring thousands of dollars into this
integration movement, yet Southern Negroes are working at
jobs that Northern Negroes can not get, because the unions
will not accept them as members. There are more Negro car
penters, brick-layers and building conttactors in North and
South Carolina than there are in the 33 integrated states.
Negroes can't eat integration. They need jobs. They need the
opportunity to develop their talents . . . The South is the
only section of this nation that offers such opportunities. If
these liberals and agitators are the Negro's friends and South
ern whites are his enemies, then someone needs to protect
him from his friends.
When a man appears generally disliked, inquire after him
diligently, for he Is a great man. ? Confucius.
Last week, there was one little
Incident reported In the press
which I imagine few people notic
ed that I feel should have great
bearing on the Presidential elec
tion this Fall.
On ^Wednesday, September 12,
President Eisenhower had "a little
get together" for the elite of the
Republican Party at his farm at
^ His address, the main event of
the evening, was to be delivered
in a pavilion erected some 200
yards away from his house. When
the President was ready to go
down and, "meet the boys," he
rode down on a motor scooter.
Pour years ago, before Mr.
Eisenhower had had a heart at
tack, and when he was vigorously
campaigning for the Presidency,
can anyone Imagine him riding
a motor scooter when he had such
a short distance to go?
He rode down because there
was danger that the physical
exertion of walking 200 yards
might tire him. And yet he and
the doctors would have you be
lieve that he is in 'perfect health.
A good brisk walk across that
200 yard stretch swarming with
watchers and well wishers would
have been execellent tonic to those
who might be concerned about
the President's health ? better
than a doctor's report. But they
couldn't take the risk.
Public funds should be open
to public scrutiny. With this in
mind, I would like to suggest that
the receipts and expenditures of
the County Commissioners, the
town boards of Franklin and High
lands, the school athletic fund,
and the general school fund
should be published at least once
a year. I have often heard this
suggested as a way whereby the
above various bodies could explain
their problems to the public.
(Looking backward through
the files of The Press)
50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Charley Rhodes killed 15 rat
tlesnakes Thursday at Capt.
Bingham's lumber yard on Tes
enta. They were under a lumber
pile that was being removed.
Some boy Is going to be killed
or badly mangled some day by
jumping on and off trains as
they approach or leave the sta
tion at Prentiss, if the practice
is not stopped.
F. B. Moore, of Saginaw, N. C.,
arrived the latter part of last
week and is with his brother,
H. P. Moore, in the office of
the W. M. Ritter Lumber Com
pany as stenographer.
25 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Currier," of
Cornelia, Ga., are here visiting
Mrs. C. C. Cunningham and
? other friends this week.
Mr. Harry Furr, of Concord,
spent last week here visiting his
brother, Dr. W. E. Furr.
Mrs. John ' Awtrey returned
last Wednesday from a six
weeks' visit with her son, Hugh
Awtrey, in Paris.
Franklin High School football
team is scheduled to play its
first game of the season with
Sylva on home grounds Thurs
day of next week.
10 YEARS AGO
At least 80 young men and
women from Macon County will
attend colloge this year, a sur
vey made by The Press shows.
Only one out of every eight
dwelling units in Macon County
has running water and less than
one-third have electric light
ing, a report of the N. C. State
Planning Board Shows.
Highlands school opened Sep
tember 12 with a full faculty
and an enrollment of a little
more than 400 students. ? High