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FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1928
Bankers Plan Campaign
For Tax Amendment
A special meeting of group No.
10 or , the North Carolina Cankers
Association was held at the Chamber
of Commerce . yesterday afternoon ; at
4 o'clock relative to the proposed
amendment to the state , constitution
providing for the classification of in
tangible property for taxation. Major
William D. Harris, head of the bond
department of Central Bank and Trust
company, is general chairman of the
tax amendment campaign.
This was one of a series of such
meetings throughout the state of
groups of the Bankers Association to
insist upon the passage of the amend
ment bill which provides for the
taxation of bonds, bank accounts and
other- property in addition to real
estate. It was announced that at a
recent meeting in Greensboro of rep
resentatives of the 10 groups of the
state association, the proposed tax
! amendment was approved as being the
basis of a more just, and practicable
system of- taxation in North Carolina.
" It was pointed out at the meeting
yesterday that the present system oi
uniform taxation'' was adopted to this
state, in 1868, when practically all
property was in the form of real es
tate. This system has been abandoned
in 31 states of the union and a mare
modern system adopted. The same
, move is now being urged for North
Carolina. The general assembly of
the state in 1927 passed an act which
provides for the proposed tax amend-
' ment to be voted upon at the general
- clzihr Tt?A(1nv, .November 6.
' Commerce the. following statements of
what the proposed amendment would
do were advanced: r
1 It Ua qmtnslmpnt nass( ' and in-
A . 11 1
rate, there is little - doubt ... but that
the amount of such property on tne
tax books would be greatly increased.
iirt. . . il 1 - mmJ A A ,f o i r
land, the amount assessed in Balti
more jumped from 6 to 57 millions in
one year. In Minnesota the amount
on the tax books increased 8 fold
thf first vear of the law.
2. If vigorously administered, a low'
rate will yield as mucn revenue as
the present system, perhaps, more.
A low rate on money, bonds and the
like encouraged people to bring their
intangibles out of hiding. It enables
them to be honest without being pen
alized for it. It encourages them to
invest their money in the state rather
than send it. out of the state. It
helos make tax officials more zeal
ous in enforcing the Jaw, for they
know that public opinion will back
them up. If more revenue is obtained
". from intangibles, the burden will be
lightened on real estate.
3. The amendment, if adopted, will
place North Carolina in line with the
most oroeressive states in the ' union
in tax reform. At present 1 31 states
have constitutions permitting a clas
sified tax ' on' intangibles. Ten of
them have adopted it since 1914. The
trend is toward the proposal and
North CaVolina should have it.
These were the statements brought
out by members of the group yester
day. The groups are working in con-,
junction with the chambers of com
merce and other civic bodies through
out the state. Chairman of the West
cm North Carolina counties were
appointed yesterday as follows to car
ry on the work of the tax amend
ment for the Bankers Association:
Avery county: B. M. Hughes, pres
ident of ; Avery County Bank, New;
"land Buncombe tounty t-W A.-Mc-Geachy,
, president Biltmore-Oteen
Bank, Biltmore ; Cherokee county : J.
II. Abernathy, cashier Merchants and
Manufacturers Bank, Andrews; Clay
county: G. H. Haigler, cashier Clay
County Bank, Haycsville; Graham
county : H. C. Bemis, vice-president
Graham Countv Bank; Robhisnville :
Haywood county ; H. B. Atkins, "pres
ident Citizens Bank and Trust Com
pany, Waynesville; Henderson coun
ty: C. E. Brooks, vice president Citi
zens National Bank of Hendcrsonville;
Jackson county: M. D. Cowan, cashier
Jackson County Bank, Sylva; Macon
county: W. T. Moore cashier Citizens
Bank, Franklin ; Madison county W.
T. Davis, cashier Citizens JkirrlcrHo
Springs; McDowell courpty: J. D.
Blanton, president Merchants and
Farmers Bank, . Marion; Mitchell
county: D. A; Greene, cashier Mer
chants and Farmers Bank, Bakers
ville; Polk county: Fred W. Blan
t n, cashier Polk County ' Bank and
Trust Company, Columbus; Swain
county: A. M. Frye, president Citi
zens Bank. Brvson Citv: Transyl
vania coi'"tv: Thomas TT. Shipman,
liresideit Brevard; and Vancey coun
ty ; TM. Lyon, cashier Citizens Bank,
of Yancey, Burnsvillc.,
The bankers of the state association
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v, in make a vigorous campaign uc-j
Ralph Ensley is Manager-
Will Move His Family to
Franklin Store Opened
for Business Wednesday.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea
company opened i a branch store at
Franklin Wednesday of this week.
This is ' the 41st store of this com
pany to locate in this state west of
the. Blue Ridge mountains. Mr. Ralph
Ensley comes from the company's
store at Bryson City to take charge
of the local store as manager. Mr.
Ensley has a wife-who will join her
husband at Franklin in the near fu
ture. Since Monday morning officials
of the A & P have been at Franklin
arranging the stock in an ' attractive
way. Though the. store was not form
erly opened until Wednesday quite
a number of people made small pur
chases Tuesday. An advertisement in
this issue of The Press carries a wel
come from the citizens and merchants
of Franklin to the A & P. ,
RED CROSS ROLL
CALL ON NOV. 3RD
Plans Completed to Hold
Roll Call Before November
1 1 Officials Have Dinner
at Scott Griffin.
At an enthusiastic meeting of '"the
officials of . the Red Cross held dur
ing the course of a diner last Satur
day night at the Scott Griffin hotel
plans were announced that the annual
roll call of the local chapter will be
held next Saturday. Mrs. Sam Franks
outlined the plans after which Prof.
M. D. Billings made an excellent talk
telling something of the history and
purposes of the organization. At
torney Dean Sisk then made a report
of the activities of the Red Cross
during the past year after which
Horner Stockton,, as treasurer, report
ed the condition of the treasury.
Last year the quota of this chapter
was two hundred dollars, half of which
remained for use of the local treasury,
the remainder being sent to the head
quarters of the National Red Cross.
Quite a number of needy cases were
mentioned as having received the at
tention of the local chapter. This
year the officials announced that they
anticipate no difficulty in doubling
the quota of last year. A report from
National headquarters stated tftat in
the past year 88 disasters of various
kinds were financed by the organiza
tion and that in only one instance had
the Red Cross called upon the pub
lic for funds other than those derived
from the annual membership dues.
This instance was that of the hurri
rnni in Portor Rico and Florida when
the Red Cross raised $5,000,000 to
care for the homeless. Those present
Saturday night hope that the local
citizens will not confuse the recent
contributions fo storm relief in Flor
ida and Portor Rico with the annual
roll call to take place next Saturday.
The local chapter requests a liberal
response when the tanvas jsmadejon
the "day mentioned.
Below is a statement by the Rev.
William F. McDowell, D. D., LL. D.,
Bishop of the Methodist. Episcopal
It ought not to be necessary for
anyone to have to commend the work
of the American National Red Cross
and urge a nation-wide enrollment of
members in it. Its record is written
on so many pages that ignorance of
its achievements would seem impos
sible. Indifference to its appeal would
be equally inexcusable.
And yet, the experience of the
church in setting forth the message
of the gospel is tangible evidence that
it requires "line upon line, precept
upon precept" to keep the human
conscience alive to its responsibility.
During the World . War someone
defined the Red Cross as:
"The Union of all who Love,
twecn now and, election da"y to secure
the vote of the citizens of the state
in favor of the tax amendment. Ma-1
jor Harris said that the campaign has
been well organized to promote the
education .of the people to the ben
efits to be derived from the adop
tion of the amendment. Ashcviilc
Route From Dillsboro Thru
Franklin Now Classed as
Major Route From Middle
West To Florida.
That Franklin is destined to get a
goodly percentage of the tourist travel
between Asheville and Atlanta was in
dicated . at the Atlanta . Biltmore last
Thursday night when a representative
of - the American Automobile Associa
tion, announced during the course of a
banquet that his organization would
recommend the road by way-oi' Frank
lin to tourists seeking the shortest
route between the two cities. yilliatii
Candler of Atlanta and Roscoe Mar
vel of Asheville jointly presided at the
meeting. In addition to a large num
ber from Atlanta and Asheville dele
gations representing Franklin, Bryson
City and Andrews " were present.
Among those from Asheville were
Roscoe Marvel, Holmes Bryson and J.
G. Stikeleather. James A. Hollomen
represented the Atlanta Constitution,
Mr. Paschal, the Journal and Mr.
Nevin, the' Georgian. Mr. J. G.
Stikeleather made -the principal ad
dress of the evening. In his speech
Mr. Stikeleather disclaimed any in
tention of dictating to the good
people of Georgia concerning the
financing of their roads. However,
in speaking, as he expresed the matter
for the entire Southeast, he told those
Czi"VtL r" f ,f,''n? h? done
would" adopt "some "System" iy- wiucm
through, roads in the state might be
built qquickly to care for the tourists
on their way to Florida.
On motion Mr. William Candler, was
unanimously elected president of the
Georgia division of Applachian Tours.
This bfgaTltzation ' will boost- all tours
from the middle west through Ashe
ville and Atlanta and on to Florida.
The ASH will, of course.be one of the
roads recomended. Mr. Henderson,
representing the AAA, stated that his
organization will recommend the route
through Franklin to those desiring the
shortest route between Asheville and
Atlanta. For the past month, or
since the . road near Tallulah Falls
has become passable, the tourists
travel through FVanklin has been
greater than ever before at this time
of the year. The local commercial
hotels have been filled to capacity
most of the time. ' ,
Now that the route through Frank
lin has been recognized as a major
route to the South the citizens of
Franklin are much elated. Promin
ent men of the town say that Frank
lin has nothing to fear from compc
tetion on other routes. The log of
the routes by way of this town and
over the ASH is said to show the
the route by Franklin j is 57 : miles
shorter. It is also pointed out that
the scenery by way of Franklin is
equally as beautiful as that on the
ASH. The road is also much easier
to drive due to the fact that as a
general rule it is much less crooked.
Over the Asheville-Franklin-Atlanta
short route the great developments of
the Georgia Railway & Power com
pany in the vicinity of Tallulah Falls
are available for inspection by the
Though Known as a Repub
lican He Holds County
Progress Above P a rt y
Prof r TT-CvHarbisoiL .otJi ighjands
who has made a life-time study of
things agricultural is much interested
in the retention of the county agent,
so much so in fact that, though known
as a Republican, he. has announced his
intention to vote for Mr. Parrish, fifnc
of the Democratic candidates for coun
ty commissioner. Prof. Harbison can
not "understand why an candidate
for commissioner should conceal his
views about public questions. But
read what he has to say:
Highlands, October 29, 1928.
Editor Franklin Press:
(Continued on ,page eight)
In the Service of all who Suffer."
America can have no finer idea
than that. It is the crystallization of
the American spirit, haloed by the
gospel of human brotherhood.
(Signed) WILLIAM F. McDOWELL.
Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal
On receipt of the' Asheville Citizen
here Tuesday morning Franklin was
much delighted to learn that its be
loved pastor, Rev. R. F. Mock, had
been returned to this charge for an
other year. The assignments for the
Waynesville District follows:
C. M. Pickens, presiding elder;. An
drews, W. M. Robbins; BcJkdLX
R. Ross; Bryson , City, D. C. Ballard;
Canton, Carlock Hawk ; Cherokee,
William Hornbucklc; Clyde-Junaluska,
F. O. Dryman ; Cullowhee, M. O.
Tuttlc; Delhvood, R. K. Brady; Pints
Cheek, G. N. Dulin; Franklin, R. F.
Mock; Franklin Circuit. H. C. Free
man; Glcnville, to be supplied; Hay
wood; R. G. McClamrock; Highlands,
to be supplied; Jonathan, L. T!-"Ed-ens;
Judson, L. H. Hipps, supply;
jjtiQBi .T rS KrftlV. supply ; Murphy,
H7P. Powell; Murphy Circuit, A. A.
Somers, supply; Sylva, G. B. Clcm
mer; Waynesville," T. F. Higgins;
Webster, F. W. Kiker; Whittier, R.
L. Bass; Wolfe Alountain, - W. F
Morctz, supply. '
Instructs Commissioners to
Build Jail or Be Indicted
Contract to Be Let No-
Wh(;n Judge Walter Moore of Sylva
held the last terrn of court at Frank
lin in September he gave instructions
to the county commissioners .to build
a new jail at once. The judge, ac
cording to C. R. Cabe, one of the
commissioners, - called in the solicitor
and told him to indict all three com
missioners unless they had taken
steps tp build a new. jail by the No
vember term of court. With these in
structions hanging over tchir heads
the commissioners immediately issued
short term notes to the extent of
$25,000 for the purpose of erecting
a new jail for Macon county. The
contract for this n$w building will be
let on November first and the terms
of the contract .require that work be
gin immediately after the contract is
signed. Mr. Cabe states that the old
jail will be razed and the new struc
ture erected on the site of the, old.
For a long term of years the jail
of Macon county has been considered
a disgrace in a civilized community.
Something over a year ago the com
missioners attempted to build a new
court house and jail combined, but the
citizens objected so strenuously the
matter was dropped. Later they pro
posed to build a new jail, but again
the citizens objected. Just what steps
the populace will take in view of
the instructions of Judge Moore- is
not known at the present time.
October ,29, 1928.
Dear Mr. Harris :
In trying to hand you a compliment
on the stand you have taken in
Macon county's affairs, politically and
otherwise, I sec Brother Edwards has
taken exception to some things I said,
and wants to place me in the "Old
Guard" as he tails it. Now, if by the
term "Old Guard, he means what the
Pathfindcd calls a yellow dog party
man, one who votes for the party's
nominee, regardless of his fitness,
then I want to tell Johnny he is all
wrong. . "'
When voting time comes I have al
ways voted for the man I thought was
best fitted for the office. 1 shall
continue to do so, as there is no one
to say me nay, I have ticver aspired
to an office, especially a political one.
We all make mistakes, and it makes
me ;ick to hear some poliiicaLsjiji'l'i!!
lauding some one to the very skies
when everybody knows he is just com
mon clay, like the rest of us, and pe r
haps the biggest thing lie would do
woujd be draw his salary.
1 think the commissioners who have
expressed themselves as to what thev
stand for should be--complimented also,
by this we know what to expeci
should they he elected.
Again complimenting you, Mr. Har
ris, for your bold tand, and as
suring you that when the war cloud
disperse, if 1 am still living you will
have at least one subscriber.. '
. I am,
Sincertlv vours.' .
E. A.,' SNYDER.'- '
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P. S.: You can tell the world that
when voting time comes, I vcie for
the men that will retain the county
agent. How many more voters have
got the nerve to -say the same thing
and siicl" to it.
Big Co-operative Sale Ended
2,000 People Present at
Drawing ror Prizes.,
The big -co-operative sale, under the
management of the J. C. Whitmire
Sales Agency, which has been run
ning in Franklin for the past three
weeks came to a close Monday after
noon at four o'clock. A crowd esti-
mated at 2,(XK) people was present to
draw for the premiums offered by the
local business firms.
Accordingto those who participated
in the sale and who offered prizethc
sale .resulted in attracting many buy
ers here not only from Macon county,
but from adjoining counties in North
vaiuMiia aim uvuiia. . v nine
of. going to press no estimate could
be made of the total amount of sales
enjoyed by the firms participating.
IIUWIVCI, BUlUt die IIIUIIICU iu UCHCVC
that this total will be in the neighbor
hood of $75,000.
During the drawing for prizes the
street in front of the court house
was packed with a dense crowd of
humanity. The drawing resulted as
follows : 50-piecc china set, given by
I. S. Porter & comnanv was won bv
" . m - '
Mrs. Joe falmcr.
3iu.uu iouniain pen, given Dy nmnn s
urug More, won Dy Mrs. L,um san- ;
ders. V . v
100 pounds of sugar, given by City
Market and Grocery, won by Mrs.
S. E. Penland.
$10.00 casing, given by Joines Motor
& Tractor company,- won ' -by Mrs.
Lillie Horn. ' ' '
$5.00 in trade, by Bank of Franklin,
won by Mrs. Ida Welch.
100 pounds of Hen Chow, by Farm
ers Supply company, won by Mrs. C
$10.00 Coleman lamp, by Franklin
Hardware company, won by Paul
7.70 Coleman lantern by Franklin
Hardware ""company, won by City
$10.00 trunk, by Sludcr-Garrett Fur
niture company, won by Miss Virginia
$12.00 rug by Bryant Furniture com-
pany, won Dy jess KaDy. .
$10.00 rug by J. S. Porter and com
pany, won by Mrs. M. A. Woodward.
$10.00 worth of Brown Mule chew
ing tobacco, by Farmers Supply com
pany, won by Miss Amanda Slagle.
$5.00 in trade, by Bank of Franklin,
won by Miss Hallie Dills.
$4,00 Mirror, by Sluder-Garrett Fur
niture company, won by Miss Ova
I year's subscription to Franklin
Press, won by Edwina Cole.
$10.00 casing, by Perry-Jones Chev
rolet company, won by Mrs. Dr. Hors
ley. '. ; - .
1 year's subscription to Franklin
Press, won by Ernest , Wallace.
The Red Cross in Action
Natinally and,' through its chapters,
locally, the Red Cross assists dis
abled veterans to obtain the govern
ment benefits due them, and serves
veterans and men of the Army and
Navy and their families in many help-
tut. ways .which cannot tc a pan 01
government service. T
When disaster strikes it provides
emergency relief and then proceeds
to meet the needs of those overwhelm
ed by the flood, tornado, fire or other
(nrnio .f m t a st rni ih r it assists otner
nations affected by calamity.
Through public health nursing and
-instruction-ill first -aicLiJiiesaymg, home
hygiene and care of 4hc sick, and
. 1 . . 1 1 - j
nutrition, 'it is spreading Kiiowieugc ....
of more healthful living and helping
prevent unnecessary loss of life due
to ignorance and carelessness.
: The greater part of the work of the
j Red Cross is done by volunteers, who
I liHTn -tit;.. nor illl'JT 1lltl.C. C111t
! as making surgical dressings and gar-
iirtv iryi tiivit I'c 1 i... vint.vj .'
; merits and Hraille books for the blind,
j The Junior Red Cross :s the Amer
1 ican Red Cross in the school, where
its motive is to promote good health
(and citizenship, develop a spirit of
service for others and create friend-.-;
' shin, with children of othor nations.
; lV il tlSMl.-MILl- IU ..nil!' T IiailUIIS,
given through the State Department
:nfl f ther Red Cross societies,- our
; Red .Cross is building foundations of
: world-wide friendship and understand
ing.. 1 ..The annual roll call will bo held at
I Franklin on November 3rd.