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The Franklin Press
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clas's matter.
In Passing
"Last chapter is told in biggest North Caro
lina fish story will be revealed in Sunday's
Charlotte Observer." -This is the first we
knew of our esteemed Citizens Bank cashier,
Bill Moore, having gone into print.
Last week a group of Penn State ' forestry
students who were making a field strip thru
the ; South, spent some time in the Nantahala
fores, using Franklin as their headquarters.
So far as The Press can ascertain, there was
no effort made either by the town or the
chamber of commerce to extend the glad hand
to these worthy boys. A very regretable
x oversight. .
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lawton of the American
Nature association of Washington, D. C,
traveled 6000 miles over North Carolina high
ways. In the last issue of the publication of
the Department of , Conservation and Develop
ment they have this to say: "The people of
this State and of the nation pay for these
roads. Consequently they are justified in get
ting the full recreational value for which the
roads are created. But are they? What hap
pens when an expensive new highway that we
have paved with, our dollars is opened up?
Hot dog stands, filling Stations and bill boards i
spring up like magic with no regard for the
appearance of the roadside mor its immediate
vicinity. Raw cuts have been left in the con
struction of the road. Trees have been sacri
ficed by road builders and the public utilities
companies. The new highway,- designed to
open up the beauty of the State, has become
in itself, a thing of ugliness. 1
Such results the motoring public the public
that pays the bills will not much longer tol
erate. It is beginning to realize that it is
being robbed by a parasitic growth of the
full value of its investment. Not only good
roaa Deas Dut attractive roaasiaes are now me
It is with a feeling of gratitude to learn
that Commissioner John Harrison voted
against the priilgate waste of money that is
being spent on the old ramshackle building
called the county jail. We thank you, sir.
Mr. John K. Barnes, writing in The World's
Work under the heading "Building for a
Fortune," says at the end of his very able
article that "People should now be ready to
adapt sound investment principles that will
lead to a saner and iriore satisfying philosophy
of life." Analysing the activities of the' citi
zenry of our good county for the last three
or four months, the words quoted above
would seem to , apply, especially to our lo
cality. Not only in the investment line but
in all lines of human endeavor. When people
go to work the country prospers.
Some certain folks are trying to get more
free range in the national forest. The Press
certainly hopes that they will fail, utterly
.in the -attempt. Free range in the national
forest or any forest is economically unsound.
Still the silence on the county expenditures
speaks in silence. Can it be that the powers
that be are ashamed to .let us know how
things have been managed ? Reflecting a bit
on the promises that were ,said to have been
the lectioneering talk during the last campaign,
it would seem that there has not been so
great an amount done toward economy in local
government. At least there does not seem to
be any great desire, on the part fo the com
missioners to publish their actions to the
citizenship as required by law.
That reminds us. We are going to do our
little bit toward getting a board of commis
sioners that will follow the regulations . as laid
down for the conduct of the county affairs
so that there will at least be a continuity of
effort and plans and not a change of policy'
every time there is a change of commission
ers. '
A bank or any other business that tries
to operate merely according to the idea of
each individual that comes along would soon
find itself on the rocks. Is county manager
meht a business? Should the ones that are
hired to run the county affairs report to
their employers the people ? Our state law
says so. . , .
In a well-thought-out ' speech before the
United States Chamber of Commerce at their
annual meeting in Washington last week Mr.
Alex Legge, the extremely able chairman, ot
the Federal Farm Board, said? "I do not re
member business men complaining about gov
ernment aid extended to the manufacturing
industry, to transportation, and to finance.
These all played their part in adding to the
disadvantage of the farmer as did also the
prefential treatment to labor thru immigration
restriction and other measures." "We are not
complaining about what government did for
others, but these beneficiaries should be willing
that the farmer given help from the
same. source so that he, too, may take care of
himself in the economic system.".
The protective system started with the
creation of a Tarrif Acti providing for a
20 per cent ad valorem duty. That was more
than one hundred years ago. During all these
years the farmers have patiently looked, for
ward to the time when they would get some
benefit from the system that has been built
up in this country . so largely by speciaf
favors. "I am sure that most of you will agree
that you know more about the agricultural
situation than I do. A considerable percentage
of your membership have made- that clear.
Perhaps my best answer is to say that if this
be true the situation presents a severe indict
ment of the organization, which, having the
facts, has made so little effort to remedy the
situation." It seems to The Press that Brother
Legge kinda 'got the boys told.
Last week Miss Elliott of Highlands asked
The Press for some information on the
election of the members of the county board
of education. The best that The Press could
find on this subject is that the law requires
that the members to be of this board be
"Nominated" in the regular primary or con
vention the same as any other officer and
they are then appointed by the legislature.
The law also says that the party in power
at the time is to make the nominations in
case of vacancies. Thus it would seem that
the appointing of the members of the county
board of education virtually rest with , the
gentleman elected to the legislature.
The time is fast approaching when the
people will have to say by their votes who
they wish as county officers for the ensuing
two years. The type of men that are en
trusted with the public affairs of the county
will reflect the type of citizenship that pre
dominates in 'the county.
Usually the argument is made that every
business concern should advertise. Generally
speaking this is true, but there are exceptions.
In fact some concerns hardly dare to adver
tise, because they cannot make good accord
ing to modern business practices. ,
When advertising is untruthful or mislead
ing it does more harm than good. Only an
enterprise that fulfills the promises made in
its advertising can stand the spot of publicity.
Hence, when' we find a store or other business
establishment boldly advertising its wares or
service, month after and year after, we may
generally conclude that it can and does give
real values. '.';
Observing the advertised business of any
community; large or small, will enable one
to indentify the most dependable concerns
in that community. Only reputable and efficient
establishments dare to advertise.
Hendersonville and Canton are having a
"census war." Good luck to them. If the
final result of said war' will cause any bread
winner in either town tcj make his daily
bread any easier, we will be happy to hear
about it. ;
One of these days when the roads thru
Franklin are finished there will be an awaken
ing coming to someone. , It may be the local
merchants. When the Smiths and the Jones
and the others pile the old. lady and the kids
in the bid gas,; burner and, run over
Chattanooga, Knoxville, 'Asheville or Atlanta
for a day's outing and t incidentally a day's
shopping, it will be no one's fault but theirs
if they have cause t6 lament the days of dull
trade. ' ' '' ;
. ' .
Even tho some kind reader might think
that real mean corn liquor is responsible, there
is another angle to this fast transportation,
competition that' is right ever the-. horizon.-
It is this. When there are regular Zeplin
lines from one side of the country to the
other, and the fare is cheaper than operating
our own motor cars and it will be what is
to hinder you or me or anyone from calling
up the approaching ship from New Orleans
to New York and ask them to come down
within 1000 feet of earth to take, us aboard?
We will go in a little plane, hook on to the
carriage of the Zep and step out on the
gangway, the plane will then drop back down
and there you are. An hour or two in New
York and home for supper. Now, laugh. .
All of the above is a way of saying that,
even tho our town is ftvorably situated geo
graphically to grow and thrive and fill the
needs of the local folks, if the local merchants
wait for something to turn up, and do nOf get
busy and its hot only the merchants, either
the opportunity will have passed and our
town, like so many beautiful little villages now
in New England, we will be in the classvof
the might have beens.
Other $' Comments
."pHE MOUNTAINS and valleys of south
ern Virginia, Western North Carolina
and Eastern Tennessee comprise one of the
most beautiful parts of America," writes Hugh
Hammond Bennett in an attractively illustrated
article abotu the mountains of these states.
,; Using Holland's, The Magazine of the South,
as his vehicle, Mr. Bennett says, "Sitting on
a comfortable carpet of bluegrass, one looks
out from any hillside upon picturesque valleys
where peace and beauty and rural fragrance
abound., From distant pastures, the tinkling
of cattle bells floats soothingly to the ear.
In the lowlands and along the slopes belond,
farmers are busy erecting spires of new-cut
hay. A soft bluish haze clothes the hills and
ridge crests ' of the middle ground ; smoky
purples lie deeply arid mysteriously over tow
ering ranges on the horizon. Bees diligently
sipping nectar from clover blossoms never
cease their agreeable droning.
"Under the spell of rural loveliness, one is
disinclined to move. The magic of the land
scape, the lure of the season, the pleasant
aroma of grass clover blossoms, and new hay
get deeply and grippingly into the soul. Sun
shine and bracing air contribute feejings of
physical and mental contentment. Surely,
the soul that fails to find delight and Inspira
tion in such rural atmosphere is an intransi
geant one, calloused, neurotic, or merely non
existent." Holland's, The Magazine of the
Highlands, N. C.
May 17, 1930. ,
Mr. Lyles Harris, Editor,
The Franklin Press,
Franklin', N. C '
Dear Sir:
May I thank you for the delightful "write
up" of Mrs. Farnsworth and myself that ap
pears in this week's, Press, and congratulate
you on your charming and efficient correspon-1
dent at Highlands, Miss Sarah-Hicks Hines?
Yours sincerely,
By FRED HOLMES, Washington Corre
spondent of The Franklin ' Press
WASHINGTON, May 17 Almost a year ago
the Senate, by an overwhelming vote of 68
to 5, adopted Senator Robinson's proposal to
modify the rules so as to give full publicity
to senatorial consideration of presidential nom
inations and dispense with the Star Chamber
methods theretofore in vogue, That incident
caused your correspondent to remark: "It
took Uncle Sam's hired man, the Seriate, one
hundred forty years to find, out that there
is no good excuse for keeping business se
crets from his boss." But it may possibly be
recalled that your correspondent added: "True,
when foreign relations are involved, . open gal
leries might in conceivable cases lead to pre
mature disclosures and embarassment."
Once upon a timeSenator Borah was loved"
for the enemies he made, and even by, his
enemie, but it would now seem that adulation
has turned his Jiead. Sarching investigation
of the London Naval Treaty by the Senate
foreign relations committee of which Senator
Borah is chairman, threatens to produce ' so
much important information that a demand
for secret sessions has been made by support
ers of the treaty. During the preliminary
examinatiqn, Secretary Stimson found it neces
sary on five different occasions to suggest that
discussion of particular points be conducted in
executive session;
Senator Borah's opposition to secret ses
sions has been well known ever since his ad
Vent into that satfgust body, and in the main
the public has been with him. But it hap
pens occasionally that in consideration of prob
lems of government, not of direct personal
interest, the people are very apt to take snap
judgement as they did down in Sherman,.
Texas, recently. 'As a matter of fact, the
public generally doesn't know very , much,
about the London Naval pact and cares less..
For instance, if the comparatively slim at
tendance at the Senate foreign relations com
mittee hearings are any criterion, popular in
terest in the political side of the situation is
certainly not very intense. An oil scandal
scene ora lobby tragi-comedy would have drawn
immensely bigger crowds. Seventy-five per ,
cent of the persons present to hear Secre
tary Stimson explain and defend the London
pact consisted of women. Mrs. Stimsom and
Mrs. David A. Reed, themselves heroines of
the late unpleasantness on the Thames, were
among them. Alice Longworth, hatless, ''as
usual, had a place of vantage near the head
of the committee table.
The Settate itself is not very rnuch excited,
over the treaty. It will not begin to generate
the passions, pro and con, which the Wash
ington conference agreements produced, ta
say nothing of the battle of the century over
the treaty of Versailles. A common observa
tion on Capitol Hill is that, being "harmless,"
the three-Dower London agreement is assured
of relatively rapid ratification.
. The ,Washington Post (owned and published
by Ned McLean, of Cincinnati and elsewhere,
staunch supporter of the sky-rocket ' tariff '
bill) recently said, , editorially : "A treaty af
fecting the national defense is of the first
importance. The public will never consent to
the imposition -of such a treaty upon the
country unless its terms are thoroughly known
and found to be fair." Most commendable :
altruistic sentiment! But from present indi-'
cations the "public" is just about as much in
terested in the London pact as it is in the
newly, discovered ninth planet beyond the orbit
of Neptune. The Post goes on to say;
"Inasmuch) as it is impossible to discuss
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the treaty in open session in tne oenaxe ana
yet conceal ' its meaning and object, nothing
is to be gamed by making the attempt in com
mittee. ' This is public business.- The time
of tentative, proposals and alternatives is past.
The country has before it a specific con
tract! This matter can be' discussed in public
without offense to any nation. Senators with
a sense of responsibility will refrain from
casting slurs upon other governments, and
will conduct themselves as judges rather than
attorneys for or against the treaty."
jn, Doyi rage win xvugcis, living vuult,
and a whole flock of comedians and wise
crackers. "Senators with a sense of respon
sibility," forsooth ! Find 'em among those
who 'did not "refrain from casting slurs" up
on Charles Evans Hughes, John J. Parker
and Owen J. Roberts. Find 'em among those '
who put over a tariff hill which not only did
not provide the sort of limited revision asked
for by President Hoover at the convening of
Congress in special session thirteen months
t . t . .
ago, uui imposes Heavier aim unjust kiacs vh
nearly every article required to satisfy the
everyday wants of the average consumer.
Find any scintilla of evidence within recent
years that any Senator has shown a disposition
to "conduct himself as judge rather than at
torney for or against" anything.
Secretary Stimson, who made, a frank and
at times convincing presentation of his case
before the committee, is admittedly in a very
difficult position because of the public hear
ings. His very frankness may cause com
plications in London and esoeciallv in Tokvo.
Besides assuring the committee that Great' Brit
ain has received the worst of the bargain on
at least one point, the Secretary said that the
Ariierican delegation had persuaded the Japa
nese delegation to sign a treaty whereby the
Japanese navy stands still and allows a riva
power, America, to pass her in naval strength.
Mr. Stimson also said that the Japanese would
be better off without the treaty than ( with it.
Complimentary references which Mr. Stim
son made to Japanese fairness may have a
soothing; effect in Tokyo, but it is clear that
all references to advantages' gained by the
American delegation at the expense of the
Japanese delegation may cause a trouble for
the latter delegation with its own people. The
delicacy of the situation which developed from
the questioning of Mr. Stimson is reflected in
each case where the" Secretary suggested ex
ecutive sessions.
. In a case like this, there , is just about as
much to ' be gained by throwing open the
hearings to the public as there would be in
welcoming a bunch of kindergarten pupils to
a class in differential calculus. We hire pro-;
fessional advisors to assist us in connection "
with matters with which we are. not intimately
familiar. If we are not disposed to accept
their advice when given, why hire them?,.
Whether President Hover is going West on
an old-fashioned political trip or whether he
os merely going fishing and vacationing seems
to have disturbed the political fraternity
'hereabouts. -
Denials have come from the White House
that the President had politics in mind or that A
he will make speeches. Just what harm there
is", or what departure from precedent is in
volved if the President did make a few ad
dresses, and even discussed politics, is not' ex
plained. Presidents have always retained the
right to make tour across th mntinont nA
to take advantage of the opportunity to tell
the people a few things about governmental .

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