HELP THE NEEDY
Th Penny a Meal Club is
at your door,
Asking A Penny A Perron
and nothing more.
Oldest North Carolina Newspaper
Wast of Ashavilla
VOL. XLVI., NO. 45
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 1931
$1.50 PER YEAR
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PENNY CLUB IS
Proceeds To Be Devoted
To Aid County's
Individuals Asked To
Give Penny a Meal
A Penny club for Macon county,
the "purpose of which is to raise
funds to aid the unemployed, is
being organized by a group of
Franklin women headed by Mrs.
J. S. Conley. The organization
was started by the F. S. Johnston
Bible class of the Methodist church
but other churches in the com
munity are participating in the
Plan of Club
The plan of the club is simple.
Individuals are asked to contribute
one cent for the relief of the
needy for each meal they eat.
The funds raised will be turned
over to the Macon county chapter
of the American Red Cross. Con
tainers in which the pennies may
be contributed have been placed
in stores, L jtels, restaurants and
other public places, and small box
es to be used as depositories in
the homes will be distributed with
in a few days.
Membership slips are already be
ing circulated. They bear the fol
lowing penny club pledge.
"Until the first day of March
Iijttoa. itU.nn meal without j cou;Lw41fw of Thursday,--NoTember
tnbuting one penny to aid the
Penny clubs have been organized
in Atlanta, Asheville and many
other cities and towns" and are
helping considerably to relieve
suffering among the unemployed.
A penny a meal is a small amount
but one can readily see that when
this plan is followed by a large
number of people it will raise quite
a tidy sum, of money. For instance,
if one thousand people sign the
penny pledge and keep it, $900
will be raised in thirty days.
Grown by C. D. Enloe
C. D. Enloe, of Route 1, paid
The Press a visit this week bring
ing with him some Irish potatoes
which were the largest we have
seen this year. Two of the po
tatoes weighed two pounds each
and were eight or nine inches
long. Of course, Mr. Enloe had
some small ones too, but he said
his crop would average one hun
dred bushels to the acre: He
used stable manure for fertilizer.
Plan To Give Benefit
Dinner for Maxwell
A Thanksgiving subscription din
ner for the benefit of the Max
well Farm Home will be given by
a group of Franklin women. W.
L. McCoy has offered the use of
a vacant store on Main street for
the purpose. The dinner probably
will be on the Wednesday betore
Thankseivine. Further plans will
be announced in next week's issue
of The Press.
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IVlORUi F FOLKp VJUULU I
Many Readers Enter Ghost Contest;
$50 in Prizes Offered by The Press
For Best Solutions to Eerie Mysteries
GUESS THE GHOST
Here's How To Win a Cash Prize
A cash prize of $250 will be given for the best explanation of
each story in this series, of which "The Georgia Ghost" is first.
There are twelve stories in all. A Grand Prize of $10.00 will be
given for the best set of explanations or solutions for all of tlie
stories, with a second prize of $5.00; third, $3.00; and fourth, $2.00.
RULES OF CONTEST
(1) Open to any paid-up subscriber to The Franklin Press, or
member of a subscriber's family.
(2) No employes of The Franklin Press permitted to partici
pate. However, community correspondents of his newspaper will
not be regarded as employes.
(3) Explanations or solutions submitted must be written on one
side of paper only, with name and address clearly written in upper
left corner, and must not exceed 250 words in length.
(4) The readers submitting the most plausible explanations of
the "ghosts" will be awarded prizes. Should two or more send in
the same solutions, the prizes will be awarded to the one whose
solution is first received. Some of the stories have more than one
(5) Literary expression does not count it is the solution of the
mystery we want. Make your explanation brief and to the point.
(6) Solutions must be received by The Franklin Press not later
than Wednesday midnight of the week following publication of the
story for which the solution is written. In other words, solutions
for this week's story, "The Georgia Ghost," must be received in
this office not later than midnight of Wednesday, November 4.
The author's solution of each story will be published in the issue
of the succeeding week.
(7) The contest will be judged by the editor of The Franklin
Press and two other unbiased persons selected by him. Their de
cisions will be final. - "
(8) The name of the prize winner will be announced in the
second issue after the publication of each story. For instance,
the winner in this week's contest
(9) Anyone subscribing to The
test is eligible to participate. Members of the family of a new
subscriber also are eligible.
(10) Only one solution by an individual will be considered. If
you send in more than one, the first one opened will be considered
as your entry.
SEND IN YOUR SOLUTION NOW
TO GHOST EDITOR
Red Cross Drive Starts
On Nov. 11; Many Schools
Plan Armistice Programs
Miss Elizabeth Kelly, chairman
of the Macon county chapter of
the American Red Cross, an
nounced Wednesday that 30 schools
of the county have already reported
Armistice Day programs being
planned in response to the request
made at the Teachers' meeting on
November 24. This, prompt re
sponse, with other schools being
heard from by every mail, shows a
splendid spirit of cooperation, Miss
Kelly stated, adding that the teach
ers and principals accept this ac
knowledgement of their reports and
the chapter's appreciation. These
reports have included also the
names of the lo
members in. their
districts. It is
hoped that the
names of all
tees will be sent
in during, the
coming week so that they may be
published next week. 1
Programs being arranged for the
various schools will feature, na
tional and local programs of Red
Cross work, the committees sen-
Dog Owners Are Warned
To Keep Them at Home
W. D. Barnard, chairman of the
county commission, is tired of pay
in gout county funds to indemnify
farmers whose sheep or chickens
have been killed by stray dogs.
"The next time a sheep is killed
we are going to find out whose
dog did the killing and have the
owner indicted," Mr. Barnard de
,On Monday the commission had
to pay out $35 for sheep killed by
Aiitlau Aaai. Mr. Barnard vl'WS
jthii at an udncai., vxpeadi
will be announced in The Frank-
Franklin Press during this con
ing also having charge of the Kr.ll
Call in their communities as well
as the local county welfare pro
Materials for the Roll Call will
be mailed to these committees the
latter part of the week, Miss Kel
Permanent Red Cross headquar
ters have been established in the
Masonic Hall, through the cour
tesy of Junaluskee Lodge and the
Order of the Eastern Star. The
Hall will be kept open each Sat
urday during .the winter from 11
a. m., to 3 p. m. for the purpose
of receiving donations, investigat
ing requests for assistance, and
distributing supplies.. The chair
man emphasizes again that all re
quests for services or supplies from
the chapter must come through the
Red Cross committee of the school
district in which the applicant re
sides. The regular meeting of the chap
ter which was postponed on ac
count of Miss Kelly's illness last
Saturday will be held at the Ma
sonic Hall Saturday, Nov. 7, at
1:30 o'clock. -A full attendance
is urged, of both town and county
members, especially chairmen and
members of the central committee.
ture, but, under the law put on the
statute hooks by the latvr Frank
Ray, anyone whose sheep is killed
by a dog may collect indemnity
from the county to the amount
the animal is fisted on the tax
Mr. Barnard said the commission
intended' to enforce the dog law
rigidly. All dogs are required to
be licensed and the owner of any
dog allowed at large unaccompanied
or without a muzzle is subject to
a fine of $50.
Second Story of Series
Appears on Page 3
The "Guest the Ghost" Contest
which started in The Franklin
Press -last week is arousing inter
est far and wide. The ghost
editor lias been swamped this week
with letters setting forth various
solutions' for. last week's ghost
story, "The Georgia Ghost."
Fifty dollars in cash prizes are
o,i I e red lit this contest, which is
open la any subscriber of The
Franklin Press or members of a
subscribers ( family. Rules of the
contest are primed in an adjoin
"The ' Georgia Ghost," was a
good mystery but a little too easy.
Many of the contestants 'guessed
the principal point correctly but
disregarded 'some of the minor but,
nevertheless, essential details. Sonic
of the solutions, however, were
entirely different from .the author's
explanation of the mystery and
were -quite "interesting 'and unusual.
Contestants should remember that
to win a prize it U not necessary
to arrive at the same explanation
as that of the author. There are
other possible solutions just as
plausible as his.
The winners of last week's con
test will be announced in next
week's issue of The Franklin
Press. The author's explanation
of "The Georgia Ghost" appears
in this week's paper on page 3
along with a new ghost story, "A
Dance of Ghosts." This story is
a humdinger! It will test the
wits of the best amateur detec
tives. Address the solutions to the
Ghost Editor, The Franklin Press,
Franklin, N. C.
Let us remind you that there , is
a- time element in these contests.'
If there are two or more solu
tions equally as good, the. one
first received will be awarded the
Krad the rules and regulations
of the contest . carefully. Then
lose no time in getting to work on
this week's mystery.
Funeral for J. A. Bates,
85, Held at Coweta
James A. Bates, 85-year-old Con
federate veteran, died Friday, Oct.
30, at the home of his grand
daughter, Mrs. Harve Tallent, on
Coweta, at 8 o'clock in th even
ing, after an illness of several
funeral services were held 'at
the Cowetallaptis't church Satur
day aftuvon at 3 o'clock by the
Rev. I'. C. Uinbergcr, pastor of
the Franklin Methodist circuit.
Mr. Bates volunteered at the age
of 16, serving through the last year
of the war in Company B of the
3(Mh regiment of the Confederate
army. During this 'period of ser
vice he was reported to have used
an average of 250 cartridges each
The deceased is survived by on'
brother, John Bates, of Tignal,
Ga., and several nephews and
Dr. Caleb A. Ridley Is
Taken To Atlanta Home
Dr. Caleb A. Ridley, who un
derwent a serious operation at
Angel Brothers' hospital about tw"
weeks ago, has recovered sufficient
ly to be removed to his home in
Atlanta. He yvas ' taken to At
lanta Tuesday ih. an ambulance.
Accompanying him were his wif':
and his son, J. L. Ridley.
916 'families' in North Carolina
were given clothing by the Red
Cross duirng' this last year. This
was 'only a small part of their
drought relief work iu th itat.
Preaches on Health
REV., ROBERT B. H. BELL
HEALTH TO BE
Rev. Robert B. S. Bell To
Hold Services at
A "Life Abundant," mission will
begin at St. Agnes Episcopal church
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock with
the Rev. Robert B. H. Bell, of
Denver, Colorado, conducting the
services, assisted by the Rev. Nor
vin C. Duncan, rector of the
church. The mission, to which
members of all denominations are
iuvited to attend, will continue
throughout the week. Services will
be held each evening, including
Sunday, at 7:30 o'clock." There al
so will be a lecture at 4 o'clock
each afternoon, beginning Monday,
by Mrs. Bell, -who is an authority
on dietetics and food chemistry.
Dr. Bell will preach on how to
attain health and happiness through
right, living. He will explain how
to apply the principles pf Chris
tianity to modern living so, as to
develop the mind and body along
with the spirit. He believes in
living the Abundant Life by exer
cising the threefold nature. He
believes 'that man is only perfect
when he is in unity with hinis If,
with his neighbor, the world, nd
Many startling revelations will
be given in these lectures. Dr.
Bell has been a student of health
for 30 years and has travelled
over the United States lecturing
on healing. He is a . graduate of
Toronto University, a student of
psychology for 30 years, a teacher
of spiritual healing for 25 years,
and a student of dietetics for six
years. While he believes in using
spiritual powers in healing, he is
not a Christian Scientist and. his
work has been -endorsed by many
prominent physicians. .
Sick folks are especially urged to
attend the Life Abundant mission.
An opportunity will be given to all
those desiring the special service
for the sick. But even more im
portant is that part of the sermon?
and lectures dealing with the main
tenance of health through obied
ance to the laws of health.
Mrs. Bell's lectures will deal with
how to obtain radiant health, how
lo'keep young how to overcome
diseases through diet and similar
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Rotarians Protest Plan
To Call Special Session
The Franklin Rotary Club voted
at its regular luncheon at the
Scott Griffin hotel Wednesday to
send , a resolution to Governor O.
Max ' Gardner protesting against
the proposal for a special, session
of the General Assembly at this
Reports from Raleigh indicate
that, considerable pressure lias been
brought . , to. bear on the. chief
executive in recent weeks by cot
ton and tobacco farmers in the
eastern part of the state who have
btcii ?c':Lint a special ictiioo of
eport on Audit;
R. C. Birmingham Finds Macon Books Show "Paper"
Surplus in All Funds of $162,852.83,
As of June 30, This Year
FORMER SHERIFF INGRAM'S ACCOUNT
SHOWS OVERPAYMENT TO TREASURY
County in "Excellent Condition, Except for Quite
An Amount of Uncollected Taxes,"
x Accountant Declares
MarVi nnnity has ;i "paper" surplus of .$162,852.83,
according to a 'report filed with the county com
mission this week by R. C. , Birmingham, Charlotte
accountant who was employed last July -to audit the
("oiiiiiu niiii on tin- audit, Mr. Chmiiiyhain said Wednesday:
"'lhis comity's finances' arc in excellent condition, except for quite
an amount of uncollected taxes, hvery fund has a surplus ranging
front $lo 57 t'or utse special school district to $34,931 for the debt.
service fund." . . . .
Champion Fibre Pays
Big Tax Discovery
The county coinmittioners
have colieck'd $1,829.32 on a
lax discovery nyaintt the Cliam
pio.i Fibru company ol Canton.
The fibre concern willingly paid
the amount when the discovery
was calle dto its attention Tues
day by W. D. Barnard, chair
man of the Macon county
board. Mr. Barnard went to
Canton accompanied by J. A.
Porter and R. A. Pattort. The.
diicovery wa on timber rightt
valued at $45,000 owned by the
Champion ' Fibre company in
Nantahaln township. The com
liany paid four vnrs in back
tnxe, ip'i"ui,'li it wan not re
;u;r!d to scl'.le for more than
tl-ice ypp.rs hack. An official
of the company was quoted at
explaining that the concern had
no intention . of avoiding tax
payment through technicalities.
R. H. MARRET
Prominent Business Man
Of Highlands 111
K.jbeii 11. Manet, 73, merchant,
died a! liU home at Highlands
Monday after an illneSa ot one
Mr. Manet vas- nied with
the O. W:. Manet -general mer
chandise store there, and had been
liwiiK in Highlands tor about eight
year, having moved there from
l''airphj, Ocna county, S. C
The doi eased i-i surviwd by three
brothers, . W. and S. T. Marret,
of - H.Hdilaiidv and W. If. Marret,
of Columbia, S. C
1 'ina! .riles, v. re held at -Fairplay,
S; C.,' Tuesday 'afternoon . at 2
sol ae ginger . ale.
N'o, .1' jdaS
the legislature. Their ostensible
purpose, it is understood, is to
obtain legislation designed to cur
tail cotton and tobacco icops, but
it is reliably reported that the
real object in view is to bring
about sales or luxury tax with
view to reliev ing. farmers and oth
The attitude of the1 Franklin
Rotary club was that an extra
session would mean a needless
expense and that there were little
likelihood that anything in the way
of constructive relief would be accomplished.
He stated that Macon county
was in far better financial condi
tion than most counties of the
The audit showed that C. L.
Ingram, former sheriff, had over
paid his tax account to June 30,
this year, ly ).'). Mr. Birming
ham commended , him for keeping
his books orderly and balancing
out so closely.
The only comment of a critical
nature made by the accountaint
concerned the amount of back tax
es uncollected. These date back
to 1920 and, in a few cases, to
1925, but foreclosure action already
has been taken on the 1925 and
l'.'JO taxes and further action to
collect . 1927, 1928 and 1930 taxes
is expected in the next few months.
Summary of Report
'Following is a brief summary of
Mr. Birmingham's report, at of
June 30, 1931:
Total current operating assets
(including $131,915.47 uncollected
taxes to June 1, this year) . ...
Current liabilities and operating
reserves . ..... 23,215.78.
Total fund surplus, including
schools . . . . $162,8,52.83.
Mr. Birmingham said that since
June 1 approximately $19,000 in
back taxes had been collected,
thereby reducing the figtir quoted
above. He also explained that it
was very likely that the rurainder
would be diminished some what, by
releases and failure to col'e.:t" cer
tain amounts such as pdl taxes
overdue for several years.
Not Cash Surplus
lie made it clear that the total
fund surplus is not a cash surplus.
However, he expressed th opinion,
that the county was in very good
condition and, if all back taxes
were now paid and in the treasury,
the county's tax rate could be
Mr, Birmingham explained his
report to the county commissioners
at their regular monthly meeting
Monday. .They expressed much
satisfaction over the report, espec
ially since the county's books had
not been audited for' several years.
Mr. Birmingham was employed
by the board just after he had
filed his report on the county
school finances last July. The fee
stipulated for the job was $750.
Mr. Birmingham, while here to
make his report, installed a new
and simplified bookkeeping sys
tem along the lines of the system
suggested for the counties by the'
Local Government commission.
However, there are no radical
changes over the system in use
for the past year and no expensive
accounting office equipment was
LICENSED TO WEB
The following marriage licenses
have been issued : Fred Anderson
and Miss Paralce Dills, both of
the Cartoogechaye section, on Oc
tober 31; Raymond D. McCaley and
Miss Mary Logan F.vans, both of