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Oldest North Carolina Newspaper
West of Asheville
TO MACON COUNTY
And to the Welfare and Prosperity !
of it Good People
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VOLUME XLVI, No. 17
PLAN TO GIVE
PIGS TO BOYS
Rotary Club and Young
Tar Heel Farmers
PROGRAM IS UNIQUE
Fine Pedigreed Stock To
Be Purchased in
The Franklin Rotary Club and
the local chapter ,of Young Tar
Heel Farmers have undertaken to
carry out a unique plan which they
hope within a few years will make
Macon one of the leading pig-rais-ing
counties in the state.
Working together, the two organ
izations have raised a fund to pur
chase half a dozen or more pedi
greed Big Bone Poland China sow
pigs and a thoroughbred boar of
. the same stock.
A group of promising young stu
dents in the agricultural class at
the Franklin high school will be
selected to raise the sow pigs.
Each boy of this group will be
given one sow pig on the follow
How Plan Work
(1.) He must breed it to the
pedigreed boar, which will be placed
. in the hands of a reliable farmer.
(2.) Out of the first litter he
must give one sow pig to another
boy and one to the Franklin Rotary
Club, which, will place it with yet
(3.) Out of the next three litters
each boy receiving one of the orig
inal pigs must give one sow pig
to the Rotary fe'lub.
In this manner the Rotary Club
and the Young Tar (Heel farmers
hope to start a perpetual system
for raising pedigree! pigs and supplying-
well deserving farm youths
with a good start in life. Farm
statistics show that this county is
sadly deficient in pork production,
and it is thought that this plan
in due time will corrvcithis situa
tion. To Buy Pigs Soon
The pigs to set the program in
motion arc to be bought in the
immediate future by Fred S. Sloan,
county farm demonstration agent.
The exact number to be purchased
depends on the price Mr. Sloan
will have to pay. He hopes that
some of the farmers of the county
will club with him in making a
large purchase. The more pigs
bought, the cheaper they come.
Anyone desiring to take advantage
of the opportunity can get full
details from Mr. Sloan at his of
fice In the courthouse.
REV. N. C. DUNCAN
TO HOLD SERVICE
HERE NEXT WEEK
The Rev. Norvin C. Duncan, rec
tor of the Episcopal; church at
Cooleemcc, will conduct services in
St. Agnes church on Wednesday
evening, April 29, at 8 o'clock. A
cordial invitation is extended to
friends' of the congregation to
-worship with them at this service.
Mr. Duncan is a preacher of out
standing .ability, and is well known
in Western North Carolina, hav
ing been rector of Grace church,
Morganton, and in charge of Grace
hospital, ministering to the sick
and needv in Burke and neighbor
ing counties as a mission hospital
f the Episcopal church wrere no
one has ever been refused the
ministrations of the hospital be
cause they were unable to pay.
l-Yr several vcars Mr. Duncan
hi been located at CoolecmcV:,
where he has built Up a strong
congregation. Recently he has con
ducted a successful preaching mis
sion at; Fayetteville.
Beginning on next Sunday morn
Anril 26. Sunday school will
he resumed in- St. Agnes -church,
and all members are urged to at
The Rev.C. R. McCarty, pastor
f the Highlands Presbyterian
,-iinrch. will nreach at the Franklin
Presbyterian church next Sunday
"morning' at 11 o'clock. The pastor
,.f tin- Franklin church, the Rev.
j. A. Flanagan, will preach at the
Highlands church at the same" hour.
fr McCartv will nreach at the
Morrison Presbyterian church on
fhf. r.corda road in the afternoon
at 3 o'clock. Everyone is invited
to be present for both these ser
Franklin Pastor Defends
Federal Church Councils
Approval of Birth Control
The proposal of the Asheville
Presbytery that the Presbyterian
Church, South, withdraw from the
Federal Council of Churches in
Christ of America because of the
council's approval of birth control
measures, manifests a "lack of so
cial vision," in the opinion of the
Rev. G. Clifton Ervin, pastor of the
Franklin Methodist church.
Mr. Ervin expressed his "deep
regret over, the action of the
Presbytery in a letter to the edi
tor of The Asheville Citizen which
appeared on the editorial page gf
that newspaper last Saturday.
Later Mr. Ervin explained that
his letter to The Citizen was
prompted principally by the thought
of any church body withdrawing
from the Federal Council of
Churches because of a single minor
"This is the only organization of
a national scope through which the
churches can work together," he
pointed out, "and even though
one group does not approve of
all of its actions that group should
take into consideration the good
it accomplishes in other fields."
Mr. Ervin't Letter
Mr. Ervin's letter to The Citizen
Editor of The Citizen :
Will you permit me to register
my deep regret at the action taken
yesterday (April 15) by the Ashe
ville Presbytery concerning the
courageous stand of the Federal
Council on the matter of birth
N. C. Legislature Likened
Hen Lays Two Eggs
, At Single Sitting
Miller.. Ledford, of Prentiss,
has reported that he has a hen
that laid two eggs at one sit
ting a few days ago. It seems
that the nest of this particular
hen had been broken up two
days before, and rebuilt for her
use on this partidular morning.
The hen forthwith repaired to
her reconstructed nest and when
she left it there were two per
fectly good, fresh eggs in the
nest. .We have Mr. Ledford's
report c-f the occurrence with
the assurance that no other hen
had been around, and that Mrs.
Ledford had not supplied a nest
egg when she rebuilt the nest.
Circumstantial evidence on less
basis than this has sent many
a man to jail.
Courses for Local Sunday
School Teachers To
Plans are being made through
the cooperation of the churches
of Franklin for a community school
of religious education to be held
May 17 to 24.
Teacher training and leadership
courses will be offered, giving ten
periods in each course, which will
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Service for Young People
Held at Methodist Church
A special service for young peo
ple was held at the Franklin Meth
odist church last Sunday evening.
The members of the B Y. P. U.
of the Baptist church and of the
Christian Endeavor of the Pres
byterian church were the special
guests of the evening. The Rev.
G. C. Ervin spoke on the theme,
"What Shall I Do With My Life?"
He urged the young people to ask
with St. Paul, "Lord, what wilt
thou have me to do?", and, like
him also, not jo be "disobedient
unto, the heavenly vision." He em
phasized the purposefulness of life'
and the impossibility of discover
ing its true purpose apart from
God and His will. He said that
"God does not intend for anyone
to drift to and fro on life's misty
flats of aimlcssness and purpose -
control Such ingrown' conserva
tism and lack of social vision iipou
the part of any church body, espe
cially an evangelical group, is to
he deplored. 1 wonder upon what
supposedly ethical or moral grounds
these well-meaning clergymen jus
tify their opposition to birth con
trol measures? Do they realize
that birth control information is
easily available to those who can
pay for it, hut that the poor and
underprivileged women who need
it most have no aciv.s to it?
That this bitterly antagonistic at
titude toward birth control is not
the attitude of many Presbyterian
clergymen in our country is shown
by the fact that (he commission
on "Family Problems" of the great
Presbyterian Church, North, has al
ready endorsed the'recognition of
birth control as a scientific and
social measure. "Birth control is
a progressive step and we will press
adoption of it by the church," the
commission members have stated.
Dr. Howard A. Johnston, a promi
nent member of the commission,
was but stating a truism when he
said: "Children have the .liod-given
right to be well born."
Let us hope that the proposal
of the Asheville Presbytery to
withdraw from the Federal Coun
cil becau s scut oefoimfwypfw
cil because of its courageous stand
on this great question will be
voted down by their General As
Rev, G. Clifton Ervin.
Franklin, N. C, April 16. 1931.
in Old Egypt
Assembly Still Wrangling
Over Method To Raise
BY CARL GOERCH
RALEIGH, April 22.-Sevcn dif
ferent varieties of plagues were
necessary before the Egyptians fin
ally consented to let the Children
of Israel leave the Valley of the
Nile. . There were locusts, boils,
darkness and other things. . If .the
Lord had threatened to send a
legislature to Egypt and keep it ,in
session for more than 110 days,
discussing revenue measures, no
other plagues would have been
necessary. The Children of Israel
would have been told to get out
of the country immediately, if not
sooner, in order that such a cata
strophe might be averted. Not on
ly that, but the Egyptians probably
would have left with them.
ThtTsession in Raleigh is now ap
proaching its close. The end is
bound to be in sight. 1 Members
of the house and senate are al
most exhausted. Human endurance
cannot withstand much more. But
then, there are grave doubts wheth
er some of that crowd really are
human. f. . N
The revenue bill is still up for
discussion. A good many of the
legislators are opposed to a' so
called "nuisance tax." The reason
for their 'opposition is that they,
themselves, probably would be
classed as nuisances and, therefore,
would be taxed accordingly.
.Governor '.Gardner will' probably
announce his new highway commis
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lessness. He created us with pow
ers of thought, with 'capacities ami
potentialities that thev might be
realized, and used to .bless the
world and '-not :to curse it."
Next Sunday 'morning the Rev.
J. L. Teague will preach at the
Franklin -Methodist church in tin
absence of Mr. Ervin who is con
ducting a series of special services
this week at Cullowhee. , Mr
Teague .will make a definite an
nouncement Sunday morning con:
cerning the evening service on that
The Epworth League will meet
as usual at 7 o'clock. Miss Eliza
beth Slagle, the president, will be
in charge of the service.
Mr. J. W, Street will hold the
usual service at Carson's Chapel
at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, APRIL 23,
SET FOR FRIDAY
Examinations in Franklin
School To End
31 In Senior Class But
Number of Grads Is
Examinations will be completed in
the Franklin schools today and Fri
day night a class of about jt) pupils
will be graduated from the high
school. There will he no special
speaker, no valedictorian and a
minimum of exercises, it was an
nounced by (i. L. Ihnik, principal.
The Press is limbic to give a
list of the graduates in this issue
because all of the examination pa
pers had not been graded last
night. All except a few .members
of the class .were expected to pass.
The class roll follows:
Herbert P.unyan Angel.
Thaddeus Clingmaii Bryson.
Virginia Chloc Calloway, Elva
Leona . Clark, Richard Conlcy,
Blanache Ella Curtis, John Robert
Juhn Robert -Dalrymplc, I.uelleii
Davis, Ned Dowdlc.
Lydia Mary Gibson.
Florence Virginia Hciison,' Annie
Mary Elizabeth Jacobs, Edna
Lucile. Flora Kimsey, Hazel Kins
land. Marie Elba Litur.
Everett' James Mashburn, 'John
Hodge MeCollum, Mildred Moore.
Helen Frances Patton.
Velma Inez Peek.
Alice Amanda Slagle, Mary Lou
ise Slagle, Margaret Frances- Sny
der, Mary Louise Straine.
Adeline Elizabeth Teague.
Hazel Edith Vinson.
John Lyle Waldroop, James Rich
In High School
Following is the list of stu
dents who successfully passed
the high school entrance exam
ination given on April 18 and
who will be admitted to high
school at the opening of the
next term, it was announced
yesterday by Principal G. L.
Willie Allman, Hilda Ashe.
Grace Baird, Vernon Bradley,
Avery Cabe, Esther Clouse,
Grace Conley, Annie Lee Cur
tis, Edwin Cunningham.
Eleanora Dalton, Mildred
Daves, Edmund Dady, Joe
Dowdle, Shirley Duva'l.
. Milton Fouts.
Tressie Gregory, Alvia Gib
Mary Will Higdon, Edna
Holland, Ralph Henson.
Grover Jamison, Gus Justice.
Betty Leach, Frankie Love,
Alva Ledford, Jarvis Ledford.
Jimmy MeCollum, Wilmer
McConnell, Louise McDowell,
Cleobelle " Moore, Mildred
Moore, Pauline Meadow,
Blanche Mincey, Annie Belle
Vonrvah Parker, Charles
Palmer, Ila Potts, Billy Par
rish. Edna Raby, Rebecca Row
land, Verlie Mae Roper, Sue
Kate Shepherd, Roy South
ards, Mont Sutton, Rachel
Slagle, Crosby Stockton, Louise
Sutton, Mannie Smith.
Mary Teague, Anna Lois Tal
lent, Virginia Tilley.
Ruel Waldrooo, Robert Wal
droop, Evelyn Waldroop.
Y, P. U. PLANS
HERE NEXT YEAR
Mrs, Alice didders, Mrs. R. M.
Ledford, . Miss Floise Jamison, Miss
Willie Mae Ledford, Fred didders
and Raymond Dalyrmple attended
the Western Regional' I!. Y. P. U.
convention- at Brevard last Satur
day. '.They reported that the next re
gional convention will be held at
Franklin in 193?
Bank Opening Delayed;
Is Called For Tuesday
Graham County Man Rides
14 Miles on Mule's Back
With His Hand Shot Off
Hartley Elliot, 22, of Kobbiim-
ill-, saved himself from death
Sunday by riding II miles mi a
mule's back with one h.uid 'shot
off ami several shotgun ' bullet',
lodged in his abdomen.
Klliot went luiiil iii(4 early in the
1 1 1 r 1 1 i i u near Tapoca, about .id
miles back in the hills from Kob
biusville. Pausing f"r a rest, he
leaned his nun against a Ion.
Somehow, the firearm was acci
dentally discharged. F.lliot's left
hand was blown off at the wrist.
Several shot also entered his abdo
men. A hunting companion bound
the blood v, jagged slump of an
arm as best he could and sent
Klliot on his way on a mule.
Alone, the man rode through the
Franklin Woman Seriously
Injured In Auto Accident
$1,200 Damages Given
Widow of Slain Man
A jury, in Macon county su
perior court last Friday awarded
a verdict of $1,200 to Mrs.
Nona Solesbee for the slaying
of her husband, Pink Solesbee,
by Jim Wishon, on Nantahala
creek about a year ago.
Wishon, who is serving a
sentence in State's Prison of
from 12 to 15 years for the
slaying, was permitted to leave
prison and return to Franklin
to defend the suit. Mrs. Soles
bee asked $25,000 damages.
Estate Valued at $15,000
To $20,000 Involved
In Legal Battle
The will of W. R. Stallcup, well-to-do
'Franklin man, was set 'aside
Saturday by a jury in Macon coun
ty superior court after one of the
hardest fought' h gal battles that
has occured here in several years.
An. estate of between $15,00(1 and
$20,000 was involved.
The will in question gave all of
the estate -except approximately
$2,000 to a daughter, Mrs. Saliie
Sellers. Action to break the will
was brought in behalf of other
heirs., Mrs. Charles Cunningham
and 'Mrs. 'J .ou Wallace, of Franklin,
daughters, and Mrs, Walter Furr
and Haughton Williams, of Frank
fin, and Mrs. lane Kenier, of
Savannah, (ia grandchildren.
. Appearing for the. caveators, were
Jones and Jones and (icorge Fat
ton, of 'Franklin, and (i, I.yles
Jones, of Asheville. Mrs. Sellers
was represented by T. J. Johnston,
of Franklin.' Felix. "Alley, '-of Wayn
esville, and J. N. .Moody, of Murphy.
Three Youths Arrested
For Breaking into Store
W'ith the arrest of three youths
here' Monday, Police ' ( hief
Henry I h inks he has solved
mystery of who robbed V
Ciiim'inL'ham's store about
'weeks ago. . ' ,-
Those arrested 'were (icorge Mill
it, who lives across the river ; and
'I 'alley Kannady and Hurt l'.aldyin,
of 'Franklin, their ages ranging
from IK to 20 years. '
Miller was arrested oji informa
tion that he had disposed of goods
believed to have been stolen from
the Cunningham store. A search
of his home revealed a few hidden
articles said to have 'come from
the store. Chief I fenry reported
mountains for II miles before he
could gel someone wilh an auto
mobile to brine; him to Angel
Brothels' hospital in franklin.
It was nearly 12 hours later when
Klliot, almost dead from shock and
loss of blood, reached the hospital.
He had had no narcotics or stimu
lants except some whiskey. Dr.
Fuinian Angel amputated the
wounded arm at (lie elbow iuul
gave the patient a blood trans
fusion. Roy I arpeiiter, yuitim
Franklin business man, volunteered
to give a (iiarl 'of his bleed.
It was reported at the hospital
last night that Klliot was getting
along fine and probably would be
dismissed from the hospital in the
Mrs. S. C. Brown's Arm Is
Crushed; Others In
Car Unhurt .
Mrs. Clarence S. Brown, wife of
the manager of the Scott (iriffin
hotel, is in I r. S. II. Kyle's hospit
al recovering from serious injuries
to her left arm suffered iii an
automobile accident at l.avonia,. ( ia.,
last Friday morning. Mrs. Ilarley
I.yle and infant daughter, who
were in the car with Mrs. lirown,
Mrs. lirown, Mrs. I.yle and her
child were going to Augusta, (ia
Mrs. P.rovvn was driving. She was
unacquainted with the road. Com
ing to a sharp turn, she applied
the brakes too suddenly. The
car skidded and turned on its side.
Mrs. lirown switched thf wheels
in the direction to turn the car
on her side, thereby prolecting
Mrs. I.yle and her small daugh
ter. V ' '
'Mrs. Ilrown's arm was broken
in two places, just above the wrist
and in the elbow. She also suf
fered ill' effects'. from 'the shock.
Dr. I.yle reported yesterday that
she was resting as well as could
The automobile, "a sedan," was
W. GT. C. LOOKS
FOR BIG SPRING
CUI.I.OWIIKK, .-April 22. - At
present it looks as though the en
rolment at Western; Carolina
Tcarhcrs college will reach its
zenith during the special six weeks
spiing term which, begins-Vm -April
21. It is expected that around 200
new students will 'enrol- for the
special term, according to Miss
Mary -Hope Weslbrook, registrar,
and Miss Kut.h Oliver, bursar..
'Courses will be' offered.' in ""art,
Kliglish, ..history, hygiene, music, ie
ligious education, education', s ele
mentary ' science, and nature-. study.
that Miller confessed- participation
in th- robbery ' and -.implicated Kan
nady and Baldwin. Miller is be
ing held in jail. Bond of $500 was
set for him but he was unable to
raise it. The two -other 'young men
were released under. $300 bond
Hearing has been set .for .2
o'clock Saturday "afternoon before
Mayor (icorge I 'at ton. '
Three boys under 15 years, of age
were brought before Frank I.
Murray, clerk of court and juve
nile officer, this week charged with
breaking into the Star Market re
cently and stealing several dollars
in cash. Their cases have not been
$1.50 PER YEAR
Few Depositors Blamed
For Holding Up
CLOSED 4 MONTHS
Business Is Resumed By
Many Other W. N. C.
Ueopeiiing of the Hank of Frank
lin, closed since December 16, again
has been delayed.
The bank was expected to re
sume business the latter part of
last week or early this week, but
slowness of certain depositors in
exchanging time certificates for
new ones with interest added to
the date "of closing has brought
about another postponement.
A meeting of the stockholders
has been called for Tuesday, April
2X. At this meeting, according to
M. D. Billings, liquidating audit,
it is to be definitely decided wheth
er the bank is to be reopened and,
if so, when, There is a hopeful
expectancy that the bank will be
doing business before the end of
next week, but there has been no
definite announcement to this ef
fect. The whole question, it was stat
ed yesterday by officials of the
bank, depends on the action of a
few holders of time certificate who
have failed to sign contracts to
freee their deposits until October,
19.U, or else have neglected to
trade their old certificates for new
ones. Unless these depositors act
promptly, it was declared, they
may thwart the reopening plans.
. Many Banks Reopened
A large majority of the Western
North Carolina banks, closed fol
lowing the failure of the Central
Bank and Trust company in Ashe
ville last fall have already rcopfincd
and at least one of them, The
Bank of French Broad at Marshal,
has announced that jt is ready to
pay off 10 -per cent of the froen
The sooner the Bank of' Frank
lin is reopened, the sooner it
will be in position to meet its
obligations to. .depositors..
The -Rev. S. R. Crockett, super
intendent of the Maxwell Farm
hoiuf.-Mr. J. F. Rice, and the Rev.
J. A. I'lanagan, pastor of the lo
cal Presbyterian church, attended
a meeting of Asheville I'resbytery
in Brevard, April 14 and. 15. They
reported a gracious meeting of this
church court. Reports from the
various churches over the Pres
bytery were .. very gratifying in
fact- to the .-. economic depression.
The I'resbytery voted to meet in
the Highlands, church for its fall
meeting in October.
Miss Sarah Hjcks Ilines and the
Rev. C. R. McCarty attended semi
annual tneceting of Asheville Pres
bytery at Brev'ard Tuesday and
Wednesday of last week. While
there, Rev. McCarty extended an
invitation to the representatives to
hold their fall meeting, which will
come in October, in Highlands.-The
invitation was accepted with pleas
ure. VOICE RECITAL
( n.l.OWHEF, April 22-There
is to be a voice tecital by students
at Western Carolina Teachers col
lege April 21 in the local Baptist
2 Mules, 15 Head Of
Cattle Struck Dead
A pair of mules belonging to
Herman Childert were killed by
lightning Saturday afternoon at
Mr. Childers' farm on Cowta.
The tame afternoon IS head of
cattle were killed by lightning
in Ham Bryson's pasture acrosi
the line in Jackson county. One
of the cattle, by a strange coin
cidrnce, belonged to Mr. Chil
ders' wife. The mules killed
had been bought by Mr. Chil
ders for $375 only ttw days