The Waynesville Mountaineer
Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
WAYNESVILLE, N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1937
$1.00 IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY
Lw fttard Of Directors, Con
signs of 12 Members, Hold
i N. Davis was unanimously elect -
i t thu Wavnesville Cham-
.(' nl'tWfln. o -
r cf Commerce, by the board of
rec'ors who were elected at the an
nua' election meeting on last Thurs-
ia&y il?ht: ...... . . f
Ernest I.. imer:, iuimn
rv was named nrst vice prwiutui ami
j g (olkitt was e.ecveo bvcsmiu vice
Hugh Masie was re-elected treas
urer anil J. Dale fttenrz was touiui
..pd a- full time .secretary.
Mr I a v i succeeds v.nas. r i.ay,
jr hs president, -Mr. Kay served tor
years i" that capacity ami pro
filed' at the annual election meeting
in the court house last Thursday
'At at which time 12 directors were
For vears past, oniy iu uiieciois
were iii'iined, but a motion to elect 12
'ir l'-1'" ,vas Pas-sed, a"d three ad
ditional names the names of the
nominating committee were added
to the prepared list of 15. From the
18 nominees, the folowing were elec
Ben E. Calkitt L. M. Richeson,
Ralph I'revost, W. H. Massie, James
Atkins, Jr..' Chas. E. Ray, Jr., M. H.
Bowles. Dr. S. P. Gay, L. N. Davis,
E L Withers, and W. Curtis kuss.
At the first meeting- of the direct
ors .Monday nigra, me mriiiuiij. wmi.
on .'record favoring Mr. Kay tor an
other term as president. He declined,
.tiating that he felt two years was
long enough t0 serve.
Practically every member of the
board expressed themselves as to the
work accomplished, and the success of
the organization under Mr. Ray's
leadership for the past two '.years..
The year just ended was pronounced
as the most succesful in many years
for the organization.
At the meeting Monday night was
T. Troy Wyche, who asked the co
operation of the organization in help
ing to entertain a group of Masons
which he expected to bring here -to
their annual convention during1 tKe
middle of July. The directors went
on record, favoring this convention,
and assured Mr. Wyche their support.
At the election meeting, reports
were heard from the president and
.Secretary Stentz, and also M. H.
Bowles, who served as secretary for
the summer months last year.
Mailed reports of the two holding
the office as secretary, showed that
1936 was the most successful year in
the history of the organization. Mr.
Stentz pointed out a number of pro
jects which were being worked upon,
and .commented on them as to their
possibility of becoming a reality.
Mrs. f. I,. Gwyn, publicity chair
man,: made a brief report, and some
vjiV'--i ,r.s for the publicity commit
tee for the coming year.
Mrs. Grove r C. Davis spoke briefly
en "Civic Pride."
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Long gave some
instances.' of interest of . their recent
tour through Florida..
B, E, Colkitt sketched the advantage
of a program here on Labor Day and
also the Fourth of July. He ap
proached the subject from the stand
point of the summer visitors and the
Oscar L. Briggs told the group that
fte wat-M line from the top of the
mountain to the reservoir was not
large enough to bring sufficient water
to the city during the summer months,
and that the reserve reservoir had to
e used. He oointed out that if the
eorr.munitv had had a large fire last
summer that the water supply would
have been entirely exhausted during
July anil part of August. '-.;,
Mr, Davis was connected with the
Suncrtst Lumber Company for about
twenty years. He moved to Waynes
ville in 1926, and was actively con
nected with the lumber company until
Since that time he has been
engaged in the real estate and Insu
rance business here.
To Our Subscribers
As previously announced,
the price of The Mountain
eer will be advanced on
April 1st to $1.50 in the
county and $2.00 outside
. the county.
All whose subscriptions
expire April 1st, or in any
month during the Spring or
Summer, will do well to pay
for another year BEFORE
" April 1st., as they will
thereby save 33 1-3.
U Davis Elected President
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Local uiaiuuer ui tununerce
To Complete Park
Reynolds Believes That The
Needed $750,000 Will He
Senator Robert R. Reynold?, after
a conference with President Rtiseve'.t
Monday, predicted acquisition "this
summer" of 27,1)00 acres f Tennessee
land necessary to formally pit e the
Great Smoky Mountains NrttioHa
Park under government supervision.
The Chamber of Commerce, last
week, wired Senator Reynolds as fol
lows: "We are extremely grateful for your
efforts in behalf of the Smoky Moun
tains National Park and hope that the
President will rind it possible to p o
vide necessary funds. A million peo
ple will be. greatly benefitted by im
mediate opening of park and this en 1
tire park country wit! become self
supporting.: We must not rest until
success is ours.'' j
After his conference with Presi- j
dent Roosevelt. Senator Reynolds ,
made the statement in Washington:.,
"I believe this 27.000 acres will be ac- ;
quired in time for the park to be taken !
over by the government this summer." ,
His wire to the Chamber of Com-
merce here, read as follows: j
"Had a conference with President';
Roosevelt this mvirning in reference j
to securing additional funds in the
extent of $750,000 which is needed for '
acquisition of acreage to complete
park so that it may be officially ac
cepted by the"government. Am con
ferring with Secretary Ickes, of De
partment of Interior, and shall not
cease mv efforts until our desires in
reference to this great American play
ground have been fulfilled. I appre
ciate immensely your co-operation."
Penalty On Back -Taxes
Abolished By Bill
Haywood county and the munici
rmlitipo within the countv are forbid
den to Sell any property for taxes for
the year 1SW5 or prior years, bet ore
January 1, 19.18, under the provisions
of a bill introduced by Representative
Cabe m the House, Friday, ana passed
under suspension of the rules.
The bill als0 directs the commis
sioners of the county and the govern
ing bodies of all its municipalities to
cancel all fines, penalties, costs and
interest on all taxes .prior '-to .1935:'
provided the taxes are paid before lh'
first day of next January.
Another bill of Mr. Cabe's pasel
Friday under suspension of the rules,
makes it a 'misdemeanor for any jus
tice of the peace in Haywood county
to take probates, issue warrants, trv
cases, or exercise any authority what
ever in any township except the one
in which he was elected or appointed.
Mr. Cube, at the request of Jame
Atkins,, superintendent of the Metho
dist Assembly, secured the passage of
a bill under suspension -of-the rules,
allowing persons to fish in Lake Juna
luska without , paying the fishing li
cense tax to either county or. state.
All three bills are pending in the.
Water Main Bursts
At Lake Junaluska
The water main to Lake Junaluska
bursted early MondaJ; morning, at a
point about three feet under the level
of the Lake.
The lake had to be. drained low
enough s0 that workmen could reach
the broken six-inch pipe.
At the time of the break, there were
about 50,000 gallons of water in
the reservoir. The supply was
sufficient to fill the needs of the lake
vicinity for several days. The Juna
luska school was closed while the line
was repaired, since the school is serv
ed from the lake resevoir. .
James Atkins. Jr., manager at the
lake, said the pipe was of steel, and
he knew of ho reason why it should
have bursted, as it was not frozen at
at any point, and about three feet
under the water of the upper lake.
Falls In County
The second snow of the winter fell
in Haywood county Saturday after
noon and night to a depth of about
five inches. , .,
Continued warmer weather for tne
first part of the vek caused the
greater part of the snow to mlt.
R. Q. McCracken Claims To Hold
j Record For Marrying People
0:i Friday, March the 5th, R. Q.
McCracken, known to the people
throughout ,fu county as "Squire Mc
Cracken," will observe his eightieth
birthday. He is the son of Hiram
and Mary Howell McCracken, and
was born in the Crabtree section in
1S57, and has Jived in Waynesville for
the past sixty years.
The squire who is a direct descend
ant of John Howell, at whose horn
was held the first organized court in
Haywood eounty, is also a descendant
if Joseph MeCraiken. pioneer, the
ti ist of that name to settle ill Hay
wood eounty. who located at the head
Mr. McCracken is an authority on
tile pi" . ee. mill's of the Haywood COUH-
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.urs. ,-nna i.aior jvjrtncK, oi w.
United States office of Education, of
Washington, I). C, acc nipanied by J. i
Warren Smith, -upervisor of indus
trial 'education in the western district
of the state, made a visit on Monday
to the Balsam Mountain Weavers.
Mrs. Hurdick is visiting only a few
projects of this type in the state and
the local' group is the only one to be
inspected in this district,
Mrs. Huixlick is ospeci.-.lly in
terested in all phases of work for
women. She expressed herself as
highly pleased with the progress and
future of the weaving project in this
county. She stated that more and
more are the native born Americans
appreciating the arts and crafts per
taining to the early history of the
nation, and that for sentimental rea
sons, the popularity of hand weaving
MISS RUTH ROGERS ON
WINNING COLLEGE TEAM
Miss Ruth Rogers, of Clyde, a soph
omore at the Woman's College of the
University of North Carolina, at
Greensboro, was a member of the
basketball team which won the inter
(By Senator Robert R. Reynolds.)
Stripped to the bone. President
Roosevelt's proposal for rcorganfza-i
tion of the judiciary, including an in
crease from nine to fifteen in the
membership of the Supreme Court,
unless justii es seventy years or over
retire, is just another major skirmish',
in the age-old battle -over human
rights and property rights. The bat
tle has been waged, and waged strong,
since our founding fathers began
their laliors at the Constitutional
Convention in Philadelphia, just 150
It seems- evident that the constitu
tion as finally drafted was designed to
place major emphasis on human rights
the rights of man. No better evi
dence can be found than that the Con
gress was created, despite all com
promise, to represent the legislative
will of the people. Provision was
made for the President to exercise a
veto over the acts of Congress a
veto that an be overridden by great
majorities. And courts were created
to see that no rights guaranteed un
der the Constitution-' were infringed
upon. It is doubtful whether it was
intended for the courts' to nullify leg
islative acts of Congress the legis
lative will of the people.
Nevertheless, the great Chief Jus
tice Marshall quietly laid down such
a principle in the famous case of
Marbury V. Madison. In delivering
that historic opinion, the Chief Jus
tice held in effect that a law repug
nant to the Constitution is void, from
that day to this there has been a ques
tion as to what extent the Congress
can carry out the legislative will of
citizens, The power of Congress to
override a presidential veto is definite,
but the judicial vet0 of a majority of
nine judges appointed for life seem
ingly ends the power of Congress to
solve national ills, economic or social.
The Supuleme Court's verdict of
"unconstitutional," under that theory,
is truly supreme, whatever such au
thority over the distinies of 128,000,
000 people was intended or not. In
any event, since Chief Justice Mar
shall's day, the Supreme Court has
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Mr. And Mrs. H. C.
Well Known Waynesville Couple
Were Married Fifty Years
Around two hundred friends called
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Halsey
C. Lindsley on Tuesday evening to
offer their congratulations and felici
tations on the occasion of their gulden
wedding anniversary. Receiving with
the couple was their daughter. Miss
Sue Willard Lindsley. Mrs. lindsley
wore a becoming pown of black and
white crepe, with corsage of yellow
roses, and Miss Lindsley wore a flow
ered print gown.
The hi use was arranged in quanti
ties of calendulas, snap dragons, and
gladioli, in shades of yellow ami or
ange, which had been sent to the
couple by the munv friends. The I
central table of the dining room was
covered with a lace cloth and centered
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Ethel Caldwell Is
Ethel Caldwell, member of the Dra
matic Club of the Waynesville Town
ship High School, was one of the ten
contestants selected for the all star
cast in the Dramatic "Festival held at
the Western Carolina Teachers Col
lege on last Friday and Saturday.
This is an annual affair held at the
college for the high school students
of the western part of the state. This
year there were eleven high schools
Other members of the local group
who presented "The Weathorvane
Elopes," a fantasy by Alice Riley,1
were: Carolyn Curtis, as the garden,
Ruby Williams, as the gardener, and
Mary Morrow Beaty, as Jackie the
weathervano.. Ethel Caldwell took
the part of Dighty, the fountain.
The local group were accompanied
by Miss Hester Ann Withers, direc
tor of dramatics in the high school,
who had so ably eoached the players.
Following the performance of the
Waynesville contestants. Miss Ann
Albright, dean of women at the col
lege, and a former Usachwr of the high
school here, entertained at tea in their
Father Lane To Preach In
Father Iane will preach at the Im
maculate Conception vhtirch in Hen
dersomillo oh Friday. The subject
of his talk will be Die '-"Crowning
(By Dan Tompkins.)
With the Revenue, Appropriations
and Liqimr Stores '.-Bills, out of the
way, the chief bones of contention in
the General Assembly now revolve
about tl Old Age Security, 'Free Text
Books, and Highway Reorganization
legislation, all of which have been de
nominated "must", bills by Govcrnor
Hoey. 'Nevertheless, . there is ..'consid
erable discussion arid . discord over
them. The week-end was devoted
tp attempts to iron oUt the diflicu'ties.
Noixvdy is opposed to enacting them :
but it is certain provisions of the biUo
as introduced, and as passed by one
house or the other, that are eau.sing
The Old Age Security logi.slation,
which has the endorsement of prac
tically every Democrat, from Presi
dent Roosevelt .-down, and which was
introduced by Senator McKee, of
Jackson, has struck a real snag, lie
cause of the provision that the coun
ties shall finance one-fourth of the
cost of the Old Age Pensions. Those
who are opposed to this provision base
their opposition upon the fact that
North Carolina has boasted for sev
eral years that it levies no ad valorem
tax for state purposes. They insist
that Old Age Security is a state and
national matter, and that the provi
sion for the counties to pay a fourth
of the bill is but an indirect way of
levying a tax on land for state pur
poses, leaving the sales tax on the
statute books at the same time. There
are many angles to the matter, and
the probability is that-.it: will wind tip.
by the bill, being passed an it is,
though there is strong opposition in
the -.House, '-which. -has been manifest
ed in the committee deliberations!.
There is the wet and dry fight as a
factor. It is safe to assert that the
wet element ig largely in favor of
leaving the county participation plan
in the bill, in an attempt to force dry
counties to adopt liquor storos as a
means of securing the money to meet
the requirements of the act, without
levying a tax on land.
The larger and wealthier counties
have low tax rates, and they favor
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Commissinoers Vote To Have
Special Election On Liquor
D.I.L. Smathers, 76,
Buried At Clyde On
Prominent Man Of Clyde, Held
Several Public Offices In
last rites were conducted on Sun
day morning at 11 o'clock at the
Louisa Chael Methodist church for
D. I. 1 Smathers, 7ti, prominent citi
zen of Haywood eountv. who died at
2 o'clock on Friday afternoon at his
home in Clyde. The pastor of the
church. Rev. Daniel H. Dennis, offi
ciated, assisted by Rev. V. II. I 'less,
of. Canton, and the Rev. Lucius I!.
Compton. of Asheville.
Burial was in the family plot in the
Pleasant Hill cemetery. The active
pallbearers were: Bruce Selieis, Jess
Robinson, R. M. Wise, I.ci Moigan,
Lawrence Morgan, l.ynden Smalhers,
and Steve McCracken.
The honorary pallbearers were:
Edwin Fincher, Dr. Roht rf H. Owen,
Dr. J. M. Rusell. Dr. Tom St ringficld,
Dr. Sam Stringtield, (1. M. Smathers,
Devere K. Modford, (laud Jones.
Charlie Jones. George H. Ward. D. M.
Cagle, A. E. Ward. J. R. Morgan. H. C
Sevres t. J. R. Boyd, J. R. Hipp:-.
Frank Mann, Jodie B. Mann, W. T.
1ee, Sam R. Fehnet, Charlie Mooney,
J. C. Myers, G rover "Rotters, M;irk
Li'Htherwood. DeWitt West, and M.
In charge of the flowers wen-: Miss
Einilv Smathers, Mrs.. Jess R binson,
Mrs..' Mruce .Sellers. Mrs. R. M. Wise,
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Tannery To Give
Vacation With Pay
Announcement was made yesterday,
that the Junaluska Tannery, at Ha
zelwood, has informed their employ
ecu, that for the year I!).'!7, all men
who have been-with the ompany for
four years, or longer, widl be given a
week's vacation with pay.
L. M. Richeson,. superintendent
stated that as far as he knew, the
Junaluska Tannery was the only tan
nery in this section that granted hour
ly employees vacations with pay.
The new rule 'wit' affect .approxi
mately seventy-live per cent of the
employees on the pay roll.
In November, )',)'Ah and also in No
vember, l'.t.'iil. the -company' gave the
employees an increase in salary.
Hill Would Raise
Salary Of Sheriff
'(Special to The Muunt-iiiioee.)
The salary of the sheriff of Hay
wood county is fixed at two' thousand
'four-hundred dollars a year, payable
in equal monthly installments, in a
bill introduced in the H.jusc of Rep
resentatives last night by Haywood's
Mr. Cabe. ..
Mr. Cabe moved, the suspension of
the rules, and -t hi? bill Was read,', put
Upon its immediate -passage and sent
to the Senate.
The .present salary is $1,500 and the
Over Light Bills
The board of county commissioners
have ordered that a survey be made
to ascertain the cost of installing an
electric generator in the court house.
This action came after the board
had received the monthly light and
power bill from the town. The board
was of the oipnion that the bill was
"too high" and that some steps would
have to be made to get cheaper light
and power for the court house.
One member said: "The rate.;
seems to be all out of reason."
No statement wos made as to how
soon the cost of installing a genera
tor would be known.
SMITH CHILD BURIED
Last rites were conducted on Wed
nesday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock for
Mary Pauline Smith, age two and U
months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Marion Smith, who died at the home
of her parents Tuesday morning at
5:20, following a brief illness.
The Rev. H. W. Baucom, pastor of
the Baptist church, officiated. Burial
was in Green Hill cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jensen, Ross,
Charles Underwood, Clarence Barnes,
Marcus Rose, and Woodrow Campbell,
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Marion Smith, and one sister,
Earliest Vote Would Be April
27th. Hoard Votes Two To
Four On Question
The Haywood county board of com
missioners adopted a resolution, by a
four-to-two vote Monday afternoon
ordering the county board of elections
to call a special election on the legal
isation of liquor in this county, as
provided for in the county option law
recently passed by the North Carolina
The board of elections were offi
cially notified of the action of tho
commissioners, but late yesterday af
ternoon they had not met to formu
late plans for the etcction.
The action of the boanfcwas promp
ted by public sentiment, it was ex
plained. A group of citizens told
members of the board last week that
the required petition bearing the
j names of fifteen per Cent of the voters
for governor in the )a.-.t election, could
be had in two days. The board of
commissioners would have had to call
ed the e iec tion upon tile presentation
i of such a petition.
I Tile subject of liquor strues, and
the election were the main tonics of
j conversation in the county this week.
Reports from Canton and Clyde were
that every group were discussing the
' matter freely.
General sentiment seems to favor
an early election on tne question,
i There art as many different opin
ions as to the probable outcome of the
! election as there are voters. The
general opinion seems to be however,
'that voters will legalize liquor in
Haywood, by a close vote,
j The board of elections have 111) days
I in which to meet and set a date for
the election. After the date is set,
public notice must be given for 20.
j days, and after that the three foliow
. ing Saturdays will be registration
i days, and the fourth Saturday chal
j lenge day. -.and the election held on
the following Tuesday. It the board
of elections should meet and call the
election -immediately, it would be
about the 27th of April before the
voters could CNnress their opinion
at the polls at the earliest.
Approximately SO flays will lapse
between the time the- fimt otiblic no
tice is made, and the date of the elec
tion. The melx rs -,f the board of commis
sioners voting to call an election
were: R. T. Bovd. C C. Medford, Jar
vis H. Aliison, and T. Ralph Moore.
Those voting against an election being
called were (ilenn Palmer and Grover
C. 'Rogers, Because of no tie. Chair
man J. A. Lowe did not vote.
The members of the. board of election'-
are: Frank M. Myers, chairman,
W. II. Noland, and Virge McCluro.
W. E, Allen, 44.
Is Given Burial
Native' Of Haywood, Was Over
Seas Veteran. Pied In
Funeral seivi(Nwe.ie held on Wed
nesday : fti moon ; a- 2 o'clKck at th"
Allen's. Creek Tia-.f.st (hurt h, for Wil
liam; K; :..-st. A ' ' '.. 4 1 W')io died on
Monday mormr g i' the'. V. S. Vet
orans Hv'Siiita: ;,; Roanoke, Va. The
Rev. II. W. i'..'. i ;. t.astoi of the
Itapfist church. '!.. i.lted, assisted by
the Rev. K. A.ien. : Hurial was m
Green iii.l ci-rnett ! y.
J'aUliearei s w-et e; Clilie ftrainlett.
Hurst Hu'Kin. Roy Fhillins, C. A.
(ieoi ce. M. (' Crec n. J. H. Howell,
and (ieoi ne Wott. ; ;
f t'l. r. .r.n . f 1 r I f Alien.
! was born here and had spent mos'.of
his life in the county, Ihiring tne
World War he .served in Company- F.
for, S ii ti ply Train, part of his time of
sei vice lieirig ov't rseasi.
Jjast June Mr. Allen, who was at
that time located in Shell Creek, Tenn.
was taken sick and ,5-ent to the II. S.
Veterans. Hospital in Roanoke, where
his death occurred.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. May
Allen, one (laughter, Mary Alice, age
3, his father, J. C. Allen, and three
brothers, Rradford and Henry Allen,
of Wavnesville, and Edward Allen, of
Salt Lake City.;
$3,401 Beins Spent
Cleaning Up Schools
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The National Emergency Council
has just approved a project for Hay
wood county for $3,401 for the clean
ing and renovating of school buildings.
The work got under way last Thurs
day, with ten persons at work. The
buildings will be cleaned, the floors
scrubbed, windows washed, woodwork
cleaned and in some instances some
painting will be done.
The group will. -work at 'different
buildings over the entire county. Ac-
rnrYtinor in .Tnet Messer. COUntV S-UPer-
lintendent of education, the work will
continue "until sunooi. closes.