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Published In The County Seat of Haywood County At The 'Eastern Entrance oj The Great Smokv Mountains National Park J - -'A
WAYNESVILLE, N. O, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1940
$1.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
litor's note today mark the
fining of a weekly presentation
Condensed political affair of
y. state and nationJ News
candidates and political ac
s will be given each week.
m all appearances the 76th
jrtis wnicn conveneo . yeBtci
1s going Jo be "the Congress
ittle to do." With presiden
ind congressional elections in
fling, there is every prospect
the senators and represent,
will know how to take ad
ge of the light calendar of
ar demands and to close
desks on a relatively short
a in time for them to get
i,0 their campaigning tours.
"it on the other hands after
t strenuous sessions of heavy
Peal legislative programs and
facial economic problems, it is
lertaia of course, whetner
ress will know how to act
! tit having "its maw full of
: ested busineai" This is
t -ularly remarkable for a war
e Congress even in the sense
a congress meeting at a time
i much of the rest of tjhe world
t war, though the United States
;f is not directly involved.
:h(re is, of course, the possi
ty that an unexpected turn
y throw some new manor prob
ls into the laps of Conre:, but
). mtly even the Russian at-
k on Finland and te exten
n f war to the Biltks haft (
eated any situation in whicR
is a call for significant
raent of the Neutrality law
A last tession. T i dispo
may.be to leave diplomatic
- ons, including nej fotiations
t Far East, in the hands of
.Resident and Stat' jHepart
nt and to give he ctsh-and-ry
policy a thorough tVial
. sic to go to tne House yester-
f was the report of tt Dies
i ittee, which has been j invest!
f un-American activities,
tning much of the infcjimation
t has been made public from
to time during the iulvestiga-
. , .
wp principal Kinas oi jtax re
)i have been put forwW DUt
: ij Deen intimated xna Prest
t Roosevelt will leave tfl
bf raising new taxes
tne present ?45,OUU000,000
ttion on the national U)ebt up
N. C. West Begins
In This County
Clyde Man Started Business
And Manufacturing Census
N. C. West, of Clyde, started
taking the business and manufact
uring census in Haywood on Tue:
day morning, which is the first
phase of the 1940 United States
Mr. West completed his 3-day
course in Asheville, under Chas. Z.
Flack, district supervisor, and Dan
Tompkins, assistant supervisor of
the 11th congressional district.
All information is confidential,
and is only available to the census
department, and cannot be obtained
by the treasury department, or by
any taxation agency, it was said
"Mr, West demonstrated his
ability to do the work in Haywood
County, and we are asking for '.he
co-operation of everyone in gettirg
the records accurate," Mr. Tomp
kins said here this week.
The enumeration of population
will begin in April, with the ap
pointment of census workers for
this work being announced in
Two More Theatres
Have Been Added
To Massie Chain
J. E. Massie Buys Theatre
Equipment In Bryson City
"The public never realizes what
goes on behind scenes, of a moving
oicture. Trouble and responsibil
ity start with the making of te
nicture in Hollywood, or wherever
it is made, and continues until it
it flashed on the screen in. f thea
ter," raid J. E. Massie. owner of
the Pari and Pisgah Theatres, of
Waynesville, the Lyric Theater, of
Sylva, and recent purchaser of the
"Bryson" in Bryson City, and the
Oat'inburg Theater in Gatlinburg,
"It may appear easy to the pu
dience to run a movie theater, but
looks are deceiving. Among other
things the management never
knows what the reaction of the
public will be to a picture," con
tinued Mr. Massie, to a represen
tative of The Mountaineer yester
day in sneaking of his newly ac-
p- mm - s
Finland's "Men in White" Holding Reds in Check !)ecis011 Sought On
Mountain Route Of
Highway to Brevard
vt ML . V-
Dividend For '39
$61,000 WPA Project Of Wid
ening Read To Bethel l.e.ng
Held Up Pending
Rtstmbllng cowled monks. Finland's "men m i thus to camouflage themeslves with the snow,
white" are holding back the Russians in heavy j These soldiers carry light machine guns, auto-
ntr ,"--'Vr r'- .--. t i.i borders. The wldiers dresn I mntltc pistols and travel on skis
J. Weld Seaver
On Last Friday
Well Known Civil Engineer,
Had Been Resident Here
For 35 Years
to lift-1 1ulrf d theaters.
The Bryson" was bought from
Mr. and Mrs. H. h. Senteney, who
have been operating the theiter
in Bryson City, and who will be
retained in connection with the
Mas:ie chain of theaters, and will
reside in Waynesville, driving
!s reported that the
bandoned the so-cal;e(j 80Cjaj.
u aedicine bill, and will nr)VOT,.
in iital-buildine Droeran. i back and forth to the other thea
in the south.
Jt; er problems that will no
jbt come in for their ihare of
rument will be propi!ai t0
rb power of National Libor lie
ions Board; continuatio, 0f re.
;ioca! tariff program; b0ad re
orcement of the natioui de
ise yi relief appropriation ; an(j
lendments to the wage 'oj'r act
nt to Washington last v
ived into larger quarter
w Ilouse Office building
take care of his increase!
i is the third rankine
the House judiciary coijittee.
' f Cinvoirnn TTa... V 11
v.. nui iiucv uas n'rm.M
i- reported the State Dcratl
C nvention will b? MJ) thi4
r weU in advance of tV Dem
e: primary on May -2t The
vernor tried that plan U years
o and liked the result? ttr
it those of 1936 when ' was
mir ated. That year the fnven.
n wis held between t two
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Massie have
moved to Bryson City, the former
the son of the ower. who w'll
iperate "The Bryson," with a seat
ing capacity of 425.
The Gatlinburg Theater, which
H. L. Sentfney will operate, seats
Mr. Massie entered the mo"'"1?
picture field in November, 1926
when he bought the "W'vnewood"
from W. R. Sherril!. Shortly af
ter he acquired "The Capital.",
the WB'c-n later closed, concenritirig
Uwt.lh"s efforts locally on the Wayne-
rrom 1935 to 1936 Mr. Ma-s;e
"nerated "The Colonial," "The
Strand." and for a short time, "The
Imnerial" in Canton. j
In 1935 Mr. Massie built the
Park Theatre, at a cost of $45,000,
and it is conceded to be the hand
somest movie house west of A: he-,
The combined seating capacity of
the theaters of the Mass-e rhiinl
now total something over 2,500.
J. Weld Seaver, civil engineer,
descendent of an old distinguished
New England family, and resident
of Wiynesville for the past thirty
flve' yeare,-; died at 8 o'clock Friday
in an Asheville hospital, following
an illness of a few weeks.
Mr. Seaver was born in Boston
on March the 9th, 1872, his fam
ily having been prominenft in
Massachusetts for generations.
Colonel Seaver, among his fore
bears, christened the Constitu
tion when it was launched.
He attended Harvard University,
was a graduate of the Massachus
etts Institution of Technology, and
attended the New York Nautical
school ship St. Mary's, He was
a veteran of the Spanish-American
War.; V V' v..-.: ...
The early part of his prof essional
caTeer, as an- engineer, was spent
in Honduras and in the We t In
dies. Later his work took him
into several of the Gulf states,
with a number of long voyages oil
sailing ships in the vacation
In his early life he gained rec
ognition a an amateur yachtman,
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A fire alarm around 8 o'clock
Tuesday morning sent its sin
ister notes . ringing through
the 3-degree air, and its sound
arousing in 'the people the
terror that always accompanies
its fhrilt notes, but it gave
no alarm whatsoever to the
fire department in the town
hall, for it was merely the
alarm trying to alarm itself.
A stove pipe, which was held .
in placeJsfjA wjre, fell on the '
cord that ' connects the fire
Governor Hoey has madi.bout
many speeches as any Gc ?rnor
the state ever had to his eerd.
the past year he totaled J45. '
Ocens New Wood
The Underwood Novelty Compa
ny, owned and operated by Charles
Underwood, began operation re
cently, manufacturing a general
line W inlaid wood novelties. .
The new firm, occupies a new
building, just this side of Lake Ju
nalunka ...on Highway No. 23.
Mr. Underwood has been in the
inlaid wood business for a number
of year;. He has designed many
special articles that have sold on
markets in every state in the union,
and some foreign countries.
At present, eight men are em
ployed, and a number of large or
ders hae already been received, it
Mrs. D. D. Alley
Is Named Head
Of State Council
Local Woman Will Direct Wo
men's Activities In Celebra
tion Of President's
IN LOOKING OVER THE COUNTY
enue Commissioner? k; j.
S:l, the third gubenlpr;a
ate to enter the ringLltne
having been preeeeoU by Citizens of Haywood:
Horton and J. M. BrouaUm,t Sunday marks the beginning of
irted to be will pleaswiwith'a 10-week campaign, inaugurated
nouncement on New Tear'8 and sponsored by the ehu-xhes of
he reaction of frienay,er the county, known a Christ-center-te
and the prers aptear to ed Church Loyalty campaign.
"J,to U,B "peciauws. The nhn is not new. It has be-n
! tried, and has met with success in
elimi- other towns in this and other
The whole idea center
GETS A FEW THINGS OF COUNTY-WIDE
INTEREST OFF HIS MIND WITH LETTERS
I Clarence Poe has!
mttnued on back pat) states.
I around church attendance for 10
consecutive Sundays. From every
I culnit in the county during the
campaign, the same sermon topics
will be Used.
Committees have been assign
ed members of respective churches
to Visit and to see that thev attend
hi least one service every Sunday1
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Mrs. Doyle D. Al'ey has been
appointed state chairman of the
Women's Activities council, which
is part of the organization for the
observance of the birthday of
Mrs. Alley states that she will
work with Dr. J. R. Westmoreland,
of Canton, who has been appointed
Haywood County chairman for the
celebration, as well as with the
chairmen in the other counties of
Mrii Alley was appointed by
Arthur Carpenter, of Knoxvilie,
Tenn., regional director of the or
eanizalion for the celebration of
the president's birthday.
The, women's activity council
will sponsor various- activities to
raise funds for the 1940 campaign
against infantile paralysis.
Mrs. Alley leaves today for
Washington, D. C, where she, with
the other state chairman, will meet
for a conference to plan out the
work. She will attend the dinner
on Saturday night at the Willard
Hotel honoring Mrs. Franklin D.
Roosevelt, - The President's -wifej
will al:o receive the chairmen at'
the White House on the Women's)
Activities council, lor a discus
sion of the plans.
Among the activities that Mrs.
Alley will sponsor in this county
and throughout the state will be
tilt TV1 Q Tn) nf rfimao Kii-tVion
greeting cards campaign, basket
ball games, dances, suppers and
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$10,000 Fire Loss
Sustained By Mrs.
Plant Of Broadview Hand
crafters' Completely Des
troyed Early Thursday
Fire completely destroyed the
plant, equipment and stock of
Broadview Handicraft manufactur
ers of wood novelties, about 12:30
last Thursday morning. The loss
was approximately 110,000 accord
ing to Mrs. Helen C. Matthews,
There was but little insurance
carried on the plant, which whs
on the Matthews property on the
Howell Mill road.
Plans are being made to continue
the business, and work will be
underway the latter part of this
week, Mrs. Matthews said yester
. The cause of the fire is unde
termined. When the blaze was dis
covered, it had too much headway
for anything in the plant to be
saved. The fire department from
here responded, and nearby build
ings were protected.
The plant had facilities for work
ing 25 to 30 men, and was equipped
to turn out many different designs
of wood novelties.
The plant wa established over
four years ago.
Ruth Turner Is
Selected To Enter
D. A. R. Contest
An Outstanding Senior Wins
In I). A. R. Pilgrimage
The First National Bank,
oldest and largest banking
institution we:t of Asheville,
enjoyed a properous year in
193!). The directors at a re
cent meeting declared a 12
per cent dividend and paid the
officer? and employees a bonus
at Christmas. The total re
soutces of the bank on Decem
ber 31, Were the largest in
the history of the institution
at this' season of the year,
sligrht'y over a million dollars,
reflecting a jrrowth of ap
Crusade To Start
In County Sunday
Thirty Churches In County
Are Participating In 10
. Weeks Campaign
Schools To Open
Waynesville, Crabtree and Clyde
schools will resume work next
Monday morning, after being
closed an extra week during the
holidays because of an epidemic
Of flu. '. - '.J.' ,;
Bethel and Fines Creek schools
School authorities reported the
epidemic was now at a "satisfse
toiv" point for re-opening the
Ruth Turner, member of the sen
ior class of. the-' Waynesville High
school, and daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. David Turner, has been select
ed to compete in the slate Pilgrim
age contest sponsored by the
Daughters of the American Revo
lution, by the 'student, body and ap
proved by the faculty of the
The Winner of the Pilgrimage
contest conducted by the local
Dorcas Bell Love chapter in Way
villc, and by other chapters in the
Btate and throughout the United
States, is one of1 the coveted hon
ors for girls in senior clasies of
Miss Turner has- been an honor
student in her entire school course.
She has been active also in the
various school organizations, tak
ing a prominent part in the Glee
Club, the Dramatic Club, and the
Latin Club. She has also been out
standing in church work. She has
held many offices both in school and
in her . church.
Miss Turner will compete with
other state winners in towns where
the contest is being sponsored by
D. A. R. chapters. The final state
winner will be given a week's irip
to the National Congress of 'the
Daughters of the American Revo
lution, which is held, annually Jf.t
lontmenal Hall, Washington,
U, with all expenses paid.
Twenty-two pastors, represent
ing some thirty Haywood County
churches, will begin a concerted
effort next Sunday to arouse the
public to the necessity for Chris
tian living and to seek a general
religious awakening in this county.
The ' ten-week Christ-Centered
Church Loyalty Crusade, led ! by
minister and active church mem
bers of the several denominations,
is designed to enlist the entire
membership of each participating
church in regular church attend
ance, daily Bible reading and
All the co-operating pastors will
preach on the same topic each
Sunday through March 10. The
themes for this. Sunday are: "The
Lordship of Christ," at the morn
ing service, and "Revival Needed"
at the evening service. Other pre
arranged subjects will be announ
ced each week. The pastors are
meeting for conference and fel
low. hip each Tutbday noon in
Waynesville during the Crusade. ;
The following pastors and
churches are co-operating in this
Canton Presbyterian church, Rev.
George B. Hammond, pastor.
Waynesville Pre.byterian church,
Rev. R. P. Walker, pastor,
Hazelwood Presbyterian church,
Rev. O. C. Landrum, pastor.
First Baptist church, Canton, Dr.
II. K. Masteller, pastor.
First Bapti.t church, Waynes
ville, Rev. J. S. Hopkins, pastor.
East Canton Baptist church, ReV.
W. B. Sprinkle, pastor.
West Canton Baptist church,
Rev. Frank H. Leathcrwood, pastor.
North Canton Baptist church,
Rev. O. F. Burnett, pastor.
Hazelwood Baptist church, Rev.
J. M. Woddard, pastor.
Fines Creek Baptist, church, Rev.
R. P. McCracken, pastor.
Allen's Creek Baptist church,
Rev. Thorn a9 Erwin, pastor.
Barbersville Baptist church, Rev.
Avery Peek, pastor.
Ratcliff Cove Baptist church,
Rev. O. F. Burnett, pastor.
Central Methodist church, Can
ton, Rev. W. R. Kelly, pastor.
First Methodist church, Canton,
Rev. John F. Wyatt, pa. tor.
First Methodist church, Way
nesville, Rev. J. G. Huggin, Jr..
Dellwood Methodist charge, Rev.
C. O. Newell, pastor.
Bethel Methodist charge, ReV.
J. W. Blitch, pastor.
Jonathan Metiodist charge Rev.
J. D. Pyatt," paftor.
Crabtree' Methodist charge, Rev.
William JJt,Neese, pastor.
Long' Chapel and Elizabeth
Methodist charge. Rev. C. D.
.St. Andrew's Enisconal church.
Canton, Rev. A. W. Taylor, rector.
(See page five for more details.)
Work of widening Highway No.
2S4 from Waynesville to Bethel,
from 12 to 20 feet for the 5
miles, as a $61,000 WPA project,
will not be started until the State
Highway Commis ion reaches a
decision regarding the routing of
the highway from Cruso to Waroii
Road Gan, it was learned by The
Mountaineer yesterday from J. C.
Wa:kar, district engineer.
District WPA officials announced
this week the approval of the pro
ject for widening the Bethel road
from here, which would give em
ployment to 188 men.
Mr. Walker eaid Some of these
men would be put to work at once
on Highway No. 209, in complet
ing the paving of the road from
Rush Fork Gap to James' Store
on Fines Creek, a distance of about
two miles. The work on this pro
ject wag held up recently due to
controversy over prices charged
The section of Highway No. 284
over which there has arisen a con
troversy over routes, is on the
mountain end at Wagon Road Gap.
A survey hag been made up Hungry
Creek, it is understood, would be
about two mile less than the pres
Detailed information concerning
the two routes, and a comparison
of figures as to distances, cost ami
grades, have been requested from
the Highway Department, by this
newspaper, but the answers had
not been compiled yesterday noon.
It was also learned yesterday,
that work is to begin soon on
widening the highway from the
city limit in East Waynesville to
a point near the Ratcliff Cove road
intersection. The contract was
let some time ago to Mark Reed,
Asheville contractor. The con
tract cal's for widening the high
way to 32 feet.
Staim lines, ranging from 18
inches to 42 inches will be rl?ced
from the hospital to the city limit
in the project, it was said.
Mercury Drops To
" 3 For Two Days
Lake Junaluska And Richlafcd
Creek Frczen Over; Coldest
LOSES DRIVERS' MCENSE
Lawson Haney, of Waynesville
route two had his drivers' license
revoked after being convicted in
Canton police court of driving
For two con-ecutive morninm.'
the mercury here droned to three
aegrees ior trie omciil readiig,
bringine- about the co'dest wetter
since 1937. The cold wave Wh,YH
hit here Monday riq-ht. kent he
mercury down to 22 degrees for
high reading Tuesday rnd it r"?e
to on'y 33 for Wednesday's hitrh-
Lake Junaluska was frozen over,
with the exception of ore small
place near the dam. R'c'and
creek was frozen over except for a r
The mill race at the laundry wns
drained Tuesday nicht aftpr 'r-.
ing oyer Monday night for the
nrst time in three year.
The official averace minimum tnr
the week was 15.3 decxpe with an
average maximum of 35.3 decree 3.
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New Law Firm Is
Formed In Canton
Cogburn and Vrabe! is t nP
law firm which was form1 ik's
week in Canton, in which Cveser
A. Cogburn and Wes'ev Vrabel
have formed a partnttsh;n.
Mr. Vbel is of New Yok.
since 1932 ha? practiced
He is a graduate of th
University of N' '
Mr. Cogburn be
in Canton in 192
session of the G
He served a
Mr. Vrbel is
of Mr. Cogburn.
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