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VOLUME XLVI, No. 13
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1931
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Services To Be Held At
Mt. Zion Church At
MASONS WILL AID
Her.rt Attack Ends Life
oir Aged and Promi
Charles W. Slavic, one of Ma
con county's oldest and most high
ly esteemed citizens, died at 12:30
o'clock Wednesday morning at his
home on Cartoogechaye about seven
miles west of Franklin.
Mr. Slagle, who was S3 years
old, had been in failing health for
several years. His death was at
tributed to heart disease and a
slight touch of pneumonia.
Funeral services will be held at
11 o'clock this morning at the Mt.
Zion Methodist church, of which he
had been a faithful member for
'many years, wilh the Rev. John
Teague, pastor, officiating. Burial
rites will be conducted by members
of the Junaluskee Lodge No. 145,
A. F.& A. M., of which Mr. Slagle
was the oldest and one of the most
loyal members, lie had been a
prominent Mason for more than
. 60 years.
Surviving Mr. Slagle arc three
children, Sheriff A. B. Slagle and
Carl Slagle, and Mrs. R. A. Patton,
all of this county. His wife died
some years ago.
Mr. Slagle was perhaps the larg
est landholder . in this county. It
is said he could stand oil a moun
tain and look over six square
miles, mostly timberland all his
For a number of years he was
an outstanding leader in the Dem
ocratic party in Macon county and
for a .long -period he served as a
member of the board of county
commissioners. He was deeply in
terested in the unbuilding of this
Rtad Edna Fetters
description of the great
rush of the land seekers
in her brilliant story
It is a story of
with the rush
.1 1 1 f A ;1
a:ross tne Doraer oi rvpru
22, 1889, and pictures all
the romance and adven
tv.reincidenttothepioneer life in and the develop
ment of a great state. In
Edna Ferber has given us
a great American classic
p cturingone of the great
est periods of American
history in a picturesque
setting. It is a story you
will not want to miss, and
you can read it serially in
Turn to Pages 2 and 3
Auto Driver Held in Jail
After Seriously Injuring
Boy, 5, Playing in Street
Rufus Pannell, 5-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pannell, is in
a serious condition at Angel Broth
ers' hospital, and Ray Miller, who
was reported to have been the
driver of an automobile wrecker
which ran into the child Monday
afternoon, is being held in the
Macon county jail without bond.
Young Panncll's left arm was
crushed above the elbow, necessi
tating amputation at the shoulder.
He also suffered three broken
ribs and a punctured lung, and his
condition has been complicated by
the development of pneumonia.
Miller is charged with assault
with a deadly weapon. No bond
has been set or hearing date sched
Legislature Still at It;
Sales Tax Now Is Problem
Law-makers Setting New
. At Raleigh
BY CARL COERCH
RALEIGH, March 25. It would
n't surprise ine in the slightest to
see a ,riot start up in Raleigh at
The boys arc getting so ,mad
that there's no telling what will
happen next. They're fighting each
other now, instead of fighting for
Out in the world thou goest.
Oh, treasure of my heart !
Now-Jiark to what I tell thee,
Ere moving to depart.
Become a lawyer' if you wish;
A doctor or a barber.
Against these not a single grudge
Doth mankind ever harbor.
Become a farmer or a clown
Or even be a waiter.
But for the love of Pete, my son
Don't be a legislator!
Short Ballot Beaten
The short ballot bill got sat on
last week. And that uncovered a
lot of opposition which, until then,
had kept itself more or less in hid
ing. You see, there arc some
members of the legislature who
never have been and who never
can be actual leaders. They resent
the idea of anyone else attaining
any -prominence along those lines.
The Hon. O. -Max has been doing
some mighty effective leading dur
ing the last couple of months, and
some of the boys don't like : it.
They're now snapping and yipping
at his heels like a bunch of ter
riers. What they're trying to do
is to tear him down, even though
they may have to tear down some
mighty good bills in order to ac
complish their purpose.
Liquor Bill Defeated
The drug store liquor bill didn't
stand much of a show. What's the
sense of loading up all our drug
stores with liquor when you can
go out into the country and get
all you please? Useless and entire
(Continued on page six)
'Short Route' Directions
To Be Marked in Georgia
A group of local citizens have
undertaken to see to it that no
more tourists travelling from At
lanta to Asheville fail to come by
the "Short Route" via ! Franklin,
which makes the distance from
the Georgia metropolis and the
Buncombe city 57 miles closer over
hard-surfaced road than any other
Police Chief Bob Henry, Clar
ence S. Brown, manager of the
Scott Griffin hotel; J. S. Conley,
local manager for the Standard
Oil company, and Jim Palmer, al
so connected with the Sandard Oil
company, went to Cornelia and
uled pending outcome of the in
jured child's condition. It was re
ported to Chief of Police Bob Hen
ry, who arrested Miller, that the
wrecker car he was driving bore no
license plates and that the ma
chine's brakes would not work.
Miller was said to have been driv
ing the car for Angel's garage.
His brother, George Miller, was
The Pannell boy was playing
in the street near his home in
Fast Franklin with Bruce Bryant,
6, son of 'Mr. and Mrs. Harve
Bryant. ( Bruce also was struck
by the truck. He was knocked
down and slightly bruised, but was
said to have suffered no serious
l C. I C. GETS
Institution at Cullowhee
Ranked as Standard
CULLOWHEE, March 25. -Western
Carolina Teachers col
lege is now a full-grown four-year
standard college, according to in
formation received from the state
department of education by Presi
dent H. T. Hunter. Dr. James E.
Hillman, state director of certifica
tion, and Dr. J. Henry Highsmith,
supervisor of high schools, were
at the college recently and made
an examination which resulted, in
the local college receiving a new
birthday the birth of standard
izing on the four year level and al
so of being authorized to train
high school teachers in the fields
of English, science and history.
The college has been on the
standard junior college basis for
several years, having been classi
fied as a Junior Teachers college,
class A, by the American Associa
tion of Teachers colleges since
1928. Teachers have hitherto been
trained in the primary and gram
mar grade fields only. This is the
first attempt in the training of
high school teachers at Cullowhee.
The first high school practice
teaching was done in the college
training school during the winter
The first B. S. degrees will be
awarded in August, 1931, and eleven
young. men and young women are
already numbered in the class.
Others arc expected to join the
class in the last half of the spring
quarter, according to Miss Mary
Hope Wcstbrook, registrar.
Damage by fire in the national
forests in 1930 was only a little
more than 5 per cent of that of
the preceding year.
Gainesville, Ga., Tuesday and made
arrangements for properly mark
ing the road directions to Frank
lin and Asheville. r
This group of men also checked
up on reports that many tourists
had been misdirected. They im
ported that filling station operators
denied-: advising tourists to go
by way of Murphy. However,
they said they had found some evi
dence that this had been the case
in some instances. They already
have taken "steps to cprrect this
and have be-n promised the co
operation of the town officials of
To Be Held Sunday
Singers front all sections of
the county are expected to
participate in the Macon coun
ty quarterly singing convention
to. be held Sunday, beginning
at 9:30 o'clock in the morning,
at the Piney Grove ' Baptist
church. J. M. Raby, president
of the convention, is especially
desirious of getting out a good
crowd for this quarterly meet
ing and has extended a cordial
invitation to all singers and
choirs in the county to attend
and take part in the program.
Father of Methodist
A special' series f Holy Week
services will start at the Franklin
Methodist ehiirch Sunday morning
at 11 o'clock. The Kev. J. O.
Ervin, father of the local pastor
and himself the pastor of the
Maiden Methodist ' church, will
preach in all the services through
Friday evening. His theme for
next Sunday morning is "The
Death of Jesus Jts Meaning." Kev.
Mr. Ervin has held pastorates in
Charlotte, Asheville. Kutherfordton.
Mount Airy, Dallas, Burnsville,
Lenoir, and Maiden.
A baptismal service for infants
and children will be held just be
fore the regular preaching service
Sunday morning. All parents with
children they., wish baptized are
urged to bring them to this service.
Mr. Ervin will preach at Car
son's Chapel Sunday afternoon.
A special .Good Friday service
will be held at the Methodist
church Friday, April 3, from 12 to
3- o'clock. Seven ministers will
speak on the "seven last words."
The following ministers will speak :
Kev. Mr. Murray, pastor of the
Sylva Baptist church; Kev. Mr.
Flanagan, Kev. J. O. Ervin ; Kev.
Mr. Crowson, of Highlands; Kev.
1 1. C. Freeman, and Kev. J. C.
I'niherger.- There will also be
several special musical numbers on
the program. This is a community
service, and every person in the
community is urged to attend at
least a part of the Service.
BURIAL TO BE
The body of Mrs. Lawrence Bul
gin, daughter of W. 15. McGuire
of Franklin, who died Friday,
March 13, in Tacoma, Wash., is
being brought to Franklin for bur
Mrs. McGuire, who went to Ta
coma some weeks ago to be with
Mrs. Bulgin, her step-daughter,
during her illness, is returning on
the same train, bringing with her
the late Mrs. Bulgiu's three-week's
old child. They are expected to
reach Asheville on the Carolina
Special at 10 o'clock Sunday morn
.Mrs. liulgin's body will be
brought immediately to Franklin
for burial at 2 o'clock in the' after
noon. Only coiiiiuital services will
be 'conducted,' other riles having
been held in ' Tacoma. '
Mayor Patton Back
From New York City
.Mayor George Patton 'has-' re
turned, from New York, where h
and Lylcs Harris went recently
to- confer with officials of a large
chain store .'organization in tin
hopes of. interesting 'them in estab
lishing .a .cannery in Macon 'coun
ty. The mayor said he had no
announcement to make at this
time concerning the '.outcome -of
Work ami time will restore
prosperity; John E. Andrus, New
York's :only multimillionaire sub
way straph er.
E. K. Cunningham Dies
At Age of 75 after
Survived by Large
Last rites for E. K. Cunningham,
75, prominent Macon ' county busi
ness man, who died at Angel
Brothers' hospital here last Thurs
day evening at 0 o'clock, was con
ducted at the Methodist chinch
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 . o'clock.
The- Kev. G. Clifton En in, pastor
of the church, assisted by Rev.
J. A. Flanagan, pastor of the
Presbyterian church, officiated.
Mr. Cunningham's death follow
ed an operation last Monday, lie
was in a serious condition when
taken to the hospital, and little
hope was held i " If recovery.
Prominent in Business
He was one of Franklin's lead
ing business men, having been in
the mercantile business here for
fifty years, and was one of the
oldest residents of the town. He
-was loved by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Metho
dist church, the Masonic, order,
and the Junior Order I'niled Amer
ican Mechanics. For several, years
he served as U. S. commissioner
in Macon county.
The active pallbearers were: J
0. Harrison, J. A. Porter, J. M.
Dryman, C. L. Ingram, George
Mashburn and John E. Uickinan.
The honorary pallbearers were;
Dr. F. T. Smith, Dr. S. II. Lyle,
G. T. Stiles, J A. Conley, J. K.
I'endergrass, C. W. Dowdle, C.
M. Moore, S. A. Munday, T. S.
Munday, W. D. Barnard, C. J I.
McClure, Jer.y.Love, W. L. Ilig-
don, T. W. Angel, , Tom Gibson, T.
B. Higdon, Frank Moody, K. I).
Sisk, VV. H. liiggins, J. T. Moore,
M. D. Billings and Jake Palmer.
Leaves Large Family
Mr. Cunningham is survived by
his - widow, Mrs. Margaret Cun
ningham, and seven children, Mrs,
W. T. Moore, W. C, Koy and Miss
Margaret Cunningham, of Frank
lin;. Mrs. Ida Wallace, of Atlanta.
Ga. ; Charles -Cunningham, of Ak
ron, Ohio;' and 'J. K. Cunningham,
The out-of-town relatives attend
ing the funeral here Sunday were:
James and Kobert Cunningham,
grandsons, of Durham; Mrs. W.
D. Moore, granddaughter, of At
lanta, Ga. ; Mrs. Frank Bass, niece.
of Waynesville; Nat W. Gennett,
of.Asheville ; Miss Virginia Miziier,
KeidCrawford, Asheville; Mr. and
Mrs. W. McKiiiney, of Asheville;
W. D. Moore, .Atlanta, Ga'.; J. A.
I'ulner, of New Orleans, brother
of Mrs. Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs.
Scroop.-'. Fnloe and daughter of
SyUa, and Mrs. Parson Kincaid,
of Sylva; Mr. and Mrs. Broylcs,
of Webster; Mr. Joseph Hooker,
of Sylva; Mr. and Mrs. Enin
Weaver, of Dillard, Ga.
Approach of Town Election
Fails To Draw Candidates
An election for mayor and six
aldermen for the town of Frank
lin has been called for Tuesday,
May 5, but a yet no out- has
filed notice of candidacy.
Asked last night .whether he
would run again for office, Mayor
George Patton said he had not
Formal notice of the election
has been run in The Press for two
C. T. Blaine has been appointed
registrar and Alex Moore and J B.
Pendergrass named judges. A
new registration will be unneces
State Road Body
Expected To Let
Plans To Reopen
Bank Move Slowly
Plans lo reopen the Bank of
Franklin, closed since Decem
ber 16, are progtensinc; xlowly,
according to members of the
joint committee named by the
depositors and directors lo en
deavor to revive the institution.
A few hold-out depositors, it
was reported, are holding up the
reopening. Meanwhile, con
siderable concern has developed
in view of the fact that a new
banking commission, indepen
dent of the Corporation Com
mission, is expected to be ap
pointed. It is thought pos
sible that the new commUsioii
might wish to change the con
ditions o.f reopening stipulated
by the Corporation Commission,
which has required that 95 per
cent of the deposits be frozen.
Something over 92 per cent of
the deposits already have been
tied up, by agree.nent- of the
depositors, until October, 1933.
Class Entertains at
The Vomm 'I'ar I let I Farmers'
( hlb I'ompi ised of tilt- sindellts ol
agriculture ol the franklin llivli
school, were li'isls lo a Father
and. Son banquet on last. Friday
eveiiinj-' in hili school audi
torium. M)' '11 ! olle hundred attend
ed. Besides the f.i-lhers, jjlesl
included ' i.. I .. 1 1 1 1 k . principal of
the ' hijjji school. W. I!. I'.ai naid,
('. II. Met 'lure -,nd Wade .ibson.
county commissioners; Dr. S II.
Lyle, Lawrence Kainsey and Alex
Moifv, . loiinly ho.ud of education;
I". S. Sloan, coiiiilv ,'iL'eiil ; 'iiliner
Harris,' .vocational uistriu lot ol
Mr. Ilollk Spoke oil l'oi:re- ol
,ricnltui e in Macon County,- im
pressed ureal hope fin ai'i i ultural
improvement' irom the voum.ei
generation. Senator- Cap.pir of
Kansas s;iid thai if voiatioual ;len
flllllirr had hi en. tail: hi v a: s
an" lh ' e would In in . in i d l
farm. r lief today. Mr. lloiik qiiotid
Mr. Miachaiii. the iiiM i m't" :
stressed the impoi lance of tin- to
operation of the fathers in liai
sons' proj'-ct work, plactiip einph.t.-i'-on
kcepiiiH of farm at counts'
Short talks by other.s piesini foi
lowed, while a delii-diHul iihimi a I
program by the orchestra and in
dividual numbers completed the
ev elline's elllertaitlliii lit J." nn tubers
of the club re'iived their "future
Farmers of America" pins, andap
preciation , vas ' expressed to Miss
Beam" and In r ll'im Ji onoqiii s
nirls who so successfully, prepartd
and served the banquet, "' In Si xton
ih aim mhnuit .and
- I am lor tin
for. Strict eiil'oi'ii incur
hihiiioii. ( i,i!iati"ii h
the vv hisky era. F fii'n-r
ol Tan asm v W ilhaiii r.
ol . pro
Si.. ri larv
. Me doo.
sary but the registration books
will' be opiri.- until Apii! 25, for
the befit-h! of tho'-i 'vvh'-i arc not
now lisO-d as -voters , , .
; An i h ctioii .of 'town officers also
is In L'; Iield iii Htvhla'fids on May
5. J A Ilines has bun named
j registrar . and (i. -p. ..Edward's and
i (". C. Potts, judges. The town
j-board in Highlands has voted to
j inci t ase the ailnual salary of the
I mayor from $50 to $100 and to
I pay $25 a year to the aldermen,
I who hitherto have served without
Proposed Structure To
Be Built Above
TO RELOCATE ROAD
Work Already Started
Paving No. 28
Bids for the construction- of a
new. bridge over the Little' Ten
nessee river, mar the town limits
ol I lauklin, with concrete ap
proaches, are to be Opened by the
State Highway Commission in Kal
i ii-h tomorrow.
. A. MacN'rill, resident engi
neer lor the Highway Commission,
has been notfficd of acceptance of
his plans for the new bridge. lo
eaiing il about 50 feet upstream
from the present structure, with
tin western approach on the op
posile side of the old Indian mound
from the present road. This will
eliminate the dangerous curve
around tin. northern end of the
The county commissioners agreed
to . the plans for the new
bridge, which is to be constructed
entirely with federal funds, after
they were informed that without
their 'approval the money available
might be used for construction of
a bridge at another point farther
down the river.
Il the Highway Commission ap
proves, any of the bids to be sub
milled tomorrow, it is regarded as
likely that little time Will be lost
in proceeding with actual con
Plans call for construction uf
concrete surfacing from the foot
of the hill at the- intersection of
Mam and Palmer streets to Shook's
tore on the other side of the
hi idgc, a distance of about a quar
ter of a mile.,
.Work already has been started
looking toward surfacing of High
way No; K from Cneiss to High
lands. A boit t 10 nu n are now eni
ploved in quarrying stone at Short
(ink, above the lower falls in
( ullasaja iorgiv The rock crush
er recent lv shipped to Franklin has
not been moved to the site of the .
qiian v but this is expected to be
done within a few days.
Mr. MacN'eill staled yesterday
thai In expected, actual road work
to begin about April 5. When this
is siaiitd considerably mure men
than now employed will be put to
work. ... The resident engineer said
that' local' labor will be used as
!' .is possible.
'I he old road camp bunk house
"ii No. has been torn down
and reconstructed' nearer the site,
o.i ihe .quarrying operations.
Is Injured in Fall
-Margaret Christine Neelv. 15-
inonths-old daughter' of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Neely, of Highlands,
crawled - thrtt;li the norrh hanni. -
ins at her home and fell six feet
lie the ground Wednesday aftcr-
"I. last week. One eye was se
riously injured and her body badly
shaken and bruised. The child was
rushed- to Angel Brothers' hospital
in Franklin, where it was reported
li would recover.
The child's father is in charge
"f ihe Highlands power plant.
No Service Sunday at
There will be no preaching
services at the local Presbyterian
church on Sunday morning. The
congregation has been invited to
worship with the congregation
of the Methodist church in the
opening services of the protracted
meiiing lo be held there during
ihe week. The usual Sunday school
exercises under the supervision
of Mr. J. E. Lancaster,-superintendent,
will be conducted at
10 a. m. at the church.