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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
On The Tar Heel Front
By Robert A. Erwin and Frances McKusick
Prominent among Tar Heel na
tjves who have distinguished them
selves in government service here
is Garland S. "Dick" Ferguson, na
tive of Waynesville and former
Greensboro attorney, who has held
the post of Federal Trade Comnns
sioner longer than any other per
son. Mr. Ferguson was appointed
a Democratic memher of the Trade
Commission by President Calvin
Coolidge in 1927. He has been 're
appointed by President Roosevelt
twice since that time and has held
the chairmanship three times. At
present he is vice-chairman and un
der the rotation system will become
chairman for the fourth time next
Mr. Ferguson received nis legal
training at the University of North
Carolina, and for many years prac
ticed law in Greensboro. He first
came to Washington during the
last World War as assistant gen
eral counsel for the Newport News
Shipbuilding Company, returning
to the state shortly after the war
to Greensboro, where he stayed
until his appointment to the Trade
Commission in 1927.
A grave, rather dignified man,
Mr, Ferguson impresses one as
being a person in whom great re
sponsibility can be placed. Yet
his friendy spirit is evidenced by
his hearty laugh which well-nigh
fills his huge, attractive corner
office in the Apex building at Sixth
street and Pennsylvania Avenue,
"I think I have the best location
in Washington," Mr. Ferguson
says proudly. "From my win
dow and the little porch outside, I
have the finest view of the Capitol
in the city."
He is right across the street
from the Mellon Art Gallery which
he confesses he has visited twice,
'probably because it is so close
that I always feel I can go there
any time and rarely do."
Lining the walls are colorful
portraits painted by WPA artists,
Directly over Mr. Ferguson's desk
is his favorite a painting of moun
tain azaleas, which he says re
mind him of home. On top of his
bookcase are framed documents of
"RITE T?IG-HT i
And that is what this agency
is doing. We write, write,
write day after day Fidelity
Bonds, Contract Bonds,Offieial
Bonds, Depository Bonds,
Court Bonds,and all the others
of the great variety of bonds
constantly being sought by
those who look to this agency
to serve them.
L. N. Davis & Co.
Real Estate- Rentals Insurance
"Satisfaction With Safety"
which Mr. Ferguson is justly proud
the certificate of his honorary
doctor of laws degree bestowed
upon him by the University of
North Carolina in 1937, his certif
icate of admittance to the North
Carolina bar in 1900, and his ad
mission to practice before the U.
S. Supreme Court in 1910.
Part of Mr. Ferguson's duties
is to see that you and more than
a hundred million other Americans
aren't tricked by false advertising.
Every day he and the other com
missioners meet to discuss certain
violations of the standards of fair
prices and competitions. Violations
of the Clayton Act, one of the
anti-trust laws, also are under Mr.
Like nearly every one else in
Washington, Mr. Ferguson finds
his work almost doubled since our
entrance in the "Survival War.''
"We do a lot of investigation
work for the WPA, the Office of
Price Administration, the War Pro
duction Board and the Censorship
Office," Mr. Ferguson revealed. It
s his opinion things are much more
'rushed" during this war than
during World War I. He deplored
the crowded condition of Washing
ton, but said he supposed its nec
Mrs. Ferguson, the former Mar
garet Merriman, is extremely ac
tive in Red Cross work right now,
he said. "My wife brings home
sewing every night. She always
seems to be busy doing something
for the Red Cross."
The Ferguson's son, "Dick," Jr.,
now in the office of the Municipal
Court of the District of Columbia,
soon expects to join Uncle Sam's
army as one of those rare Wash
ington species, a buck, private
"My son has an extremely low
draft number, and we expect him to
be called almost any day now," the
Both the Fergusons have a rich
background of North Carolina pub
lic service. Mrs. Ferguson is the
granddaughter of the late Chief
Justice of the State Supreme Court
and U. S. Senator Augustus Mer
riman. She is also the niece of
the late Senator Lee Slater Over
man. Mr. Ferguson's father was
on the State Superior Court bench
for many years,
Mr. Ferguson's favorite sports
are fishing and golf. He claims he
likes "all kinds of foods." He is
apparently too occupied to indulge
in any pet peeves, because he laugh
ingly disclaimed ownership of any.
His daughter, Mrs. William B.
Snow, lives here in the District.
Another loyal North Carolinian
in Mr. Ferguson's office is his sec
retary, Miss Sally Turner, also
formerly of Greensboro. Miss
Turner has lived in Washington
ever since our entrance in the last
World War when she became secre
tary to the former Senator Over
man. Contrasting life in the Nation's
capital now with the World War
days, Miss Turner remarked, "the
last war was just child's play com
pared to what goes on here today."
Like Mr. Ferguson, Miss Sally
has learned to like Washington
very much, although she agrees
with her boss that it can never
take the place of North Carolina.
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The Halycon Club, of Sylva, has
asked Representative Zebulon
Weaver to find out just what pro
cedure is necessary to purchase an
army ambulance for which the club
has raised funds.
"I certainly think the Halcyon
Club should be congratulated on its
generosity and patriotism in this
venture," Mr. Weaver commented.
"It displays the true, spirit of
Another example of unselfish pa
triotism came to Mr. Weaver's at
tention recently when he received
a resolution from the Spindale
Mills of Rutherford county which
recommended that a heavy tax be
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TO ALL PARTS OF
LEAN-UPS are quite often eye-openers. You
look around closely after a long winter and
find buildings deteriorating and settling for want
of better foundations. Steps have decayed. Other
wear or tear appears.
Why not repair permanently with Etowah
Brick while they may be had for necessary repairs.
"A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE"
ETOWAH BRICK BUILDS BETTER HOMES
The War Production Board has decreed that for the duration of the
war dresses can be shorter and shorter, or tighter and tighter, but
neither longer or fuller than those now worn. Left, a woolen suit be
fore restrictions wene imposed. It has wool patch pockets, a 26 inch
jacket, a sweep of 76 inches and deep front and back pleat. Right, the
same suit with the new restrictions show a 24 inch jacket, a gored
skirt with sweep of 58V4 inches and patch pockets simulated by stitching.
Schedule of Clubs
The May schedule of home dem
onstration clubs has been announc
ed as follows by Miss Mary Mar
garet Smith, county home agent:
Jonathan club, will meet with
Mrs. Leona Leatherwood, at 2:00
o'clock on Friday afternoon, May
1; Beaverdam club, with Mrs. Paul
Robinson, at 10:30 on Tuesday,
May 5th; Allen's Creek .club at
the school house at 2:00 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon, May 6th.
Dellwood club will meet at the
school house at 2:00 o'clock on
Thursday, May 7th; Iron Duff club
with Mrs. John McClurei at 2:00
o'clock on Friday, May 8th; Morn
ing Star club with Mrs. D. S.
Plemmons, at 2:00 o'clock on Mon
day 11th; Maple Grove club with
Mrs. Edward Glavish, at 2:00
o'clock on Tuesday 12th.
Francis Cove club with Mrs. Roy
Hightower, at 2:30 o clock on
Wednesday, May 13th; Fines Creek
club with Mrs. Way Fisher, at
10:30 o'clock on Thursday, May
14th; Crabtree club at school house,
on Friday afternoon, May 15th.
Ratcliff Cove club with Mrs.
Roberta Francis, at 2:00 o'clock on
Monday, May 18th; Rock Spring
club with Mrs. Hilda Luther, at
1 1 :30 o'clock on Tuesday, May
May 19th; Bethel club with Mrs.
Claude Church, at 2:00 o'clock on
Wednesday, May 20th; Maggie
club with Mrs. Herbert Plott, at
2:00 o'clock on Thursday, May 21.
Junaluska club with Mrs. Curtis
Seayj at 2:00 o'clock on Friday af
ternoon, May 22nd; the Clyde club
will meet on Tuesday, May 26th,
with place to be announced at a
later date; Cecil club will be held
on Wednesday, May 27th, with
place to be announced later; West
Canton club will meet with Mrs.
levied against "unreasonable prof
its" of all industries, whether en
gaged in war production or not.
This resolution practically urged
taxation on the company itself, in
the event it made a lot of money,
Mr. Weaver said.
Aside from personalities and is
sues involved in the state's few
major political scraps during the
current primary campaign, North
Carolina leaders here have express
ed the hope that the people will
not neglect their democratic right
to vote on May 30.
Obviously the war has put the
brakes on politics, and there is lit
tle interest, in the Bailey-Fountain
senatorial battle and in the five
races for congressional nomina
nations, except for the one in the
When democracy is fighting for
survival, it is all the more appro
priate that democratic processes be
maintained and that the greatest
of all, voting should be exercised.
One of the sidelights by the sen
atorial race and the first district
congressional contest is the stir
caused in their home towns by the
former Lt. Governor Dick Fountain,
of Rocky Mount, and Marvin
Blount, of Greenville. Respective
ly, they are seeking the togas of
Senator Josiah W. Bailey and Rep
resentative Herbert C. Bonner.
Greenville and Pitt county, home
of Mr. Blount, are in quite a dither
about the congressional battle. Now
it seems Mr. Fountain is in the
midst of the scrap with his own
home folks. ,
Last week, he spoke at the Nash
county court house at Nashville and
lambasted several Rocky . Mount
people who he said were not sup
porting him. Back to Washing
ton from the home front trickled
the reaction of those people. Some
of them, at least, commented they
had supported Fountain in his pre
vious campaign because he was a
native son, but that their obliga
tion had been discharged and there
fore they felt free to vote for Sena
Theodore Clark, on Thursday, May
The district federation will be
held in Franklin on Friday, May
Question: I have heard that ro-
tenone dust will be scarce this
year. What information do you
have about this?
Answer: The War Production
Board has issued an order prohib
iting the use of rotenone or pro
ducts containing rotenone (ex
cept those already prepared) for
treating cotton, tobacco, cranber
ries, eggplant, onions, peppers,
sweet corn, and such crops as
cucumbers, melons, squash, and
pumpkins. The use of rotenone in
household insecticides is also pro
hibted. Imports of rotenone from
Malaya and the Netherlands East
Indes have been cut oc, and Latin
American sources are not expect
ed to supply the country in suffi
cient quantities to overcome this
loss. Substitutes, such as pyre
thrum and nicotine sulphate, are
The state's first cotton-goods
factory was built in 1803, powered
by the Souhegan River, at New
Question: Can you tell me of
an inexpensive way ot destroying
Answer: E. C. Blair, extension
agronomist, says burning the vines
off during winter will rid ditch
banks of this plant for a year or
two. Although somewhat green,
the vines will burn. Commercial
weed killers will also destroy hon
eysuckle, but may prove expen
sive. If ditch banks were leveled
off and cleaned so that they could
be mowed, this would tend to keep
not only honeysuckle, but other
weeds and bushes under control.
Question: How can I control
Answer: Use nicotine sulphate
at the rate of lVz spoonfuls to
a gallon of water. A satisfactory
Saw Mother Die
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Little Miriam Etter, 3, plays with a
doll at Lewes, Del., after arrival
there aboard a navy rescue boat.
She was adrift in an open boat for
thirteen days. The child saw her
mother die in the lifeboat just one
hour before a U. S. patrol plane
sighted the eleven castaways.
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Jarvis Allison, et ux, to
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prepared by soaking a pound ofi1Ioocly
tobacco stems or leaves in a gallon
of water for 24 hours. Then shave
up a one-inch cube of soap and
add to the tobacco water. This
spray must come into contact with
the plant lice to secure good con
Eugene Powers, et ux to
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Louie M. Black to Fraii p
Louie M. Black to Broin i
T. A. Creasman, et ux, toM
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White Oak. Township
E. J. Conard, et al, to
Jenkins, et ux.
Gold was discovered in
Hampshire in 1854 at Pla
in the Connecticut valley.
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By Clearing the Rails
For War Transportation
You have Uncle Sam's "okay" on advance purchasing of your entire
winter coal supply right now. That's not hoarding because the nation
has plenty of coal. The point is that each succeeding week is going
find greater demands on every transportation facility to keep ar sap
plies moving, and railroads and trucks won't be able to be spared tm
civilian needs. So if you don't want to spend an uncomfortable, healtl
threatening winter, order your coal needs now ! You have the go
ment's stamp of approval And that means another way for you to
your share toward Victory! '
Waynesville Coal Co.
Citizen Coal Co.
R. L Lee Coal Co.
West Coal Company
Hyatt & Company Coal
C. N. Allen Coal Co.
Phone 48 -
Junaluska Coal Company
nARDY LINER PHONE 2212
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