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THE PllA^ikLIN PRESS ANfi f«E HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
Of all gifts none will be finer than
having had the pleasure of being of
service to you in the past.
Franklin, N. C.
May Good Fortune and Happiness
Be Yours at Christmastime and
Follow You Throughout the Year.
Talley & Burnette^s Store
GROCERIES, FEEDS AND FERTILIZER
Highlands, N. C.
What’s the use of thinking up
A greeting that is new—
When just the same good old Christ
Is what is meant for you.
Macon County Supply Co.
Franklin, N. C.
Not just a gesture—
but a truly sincere wish for every
happiness for you and your family
this Christmas and throughout
the coming New Year.
Franklin, N. C.
Of all of the forms of animal life
which 1 see around my country
home, birds always interest me
m.os.t. There is something fascinat
ing in the facility with which they
do what humans can do only with
the .aid'of costly machines—that is
to fly. And even the best airplane
ever built can’t light on the limb
of a tree!
The trees around my house are
populated by a great variety of
birds, varying according' to season.
Just now the blue-j.ays are the
principal tenants. Tliey are not
only beautiful to look at, but alone
among the 'birds I know they seem
to have a sense of humor. At least,
they always seem to be laughing
as if at a good joke.
I have a friend, Dr. Casey
Wood, a famous oculist now retired
from practice, whose hobby is the
study of bird vision. He tells me
the bluejay has keener sight than
any other American bird except
HAWKS and owls
Wild-life experts are saying now
that farm'ers make a mistake when
they shoot hawks. The occasional
chicken which a hawk may snatch
when there is no other food in
sifeht is small pay for his services
in keeping down the field mice and
other pests which fatten on crops.
The popular notion that owls are
especially wise birds is also false,
according to Col. H. P. Sheldon of
the U. S. Biological Survey. Owls
are actually rather stupid, he says.
They sit still and say nothing be
cause they don’t know enough to
do anything else. “The owl is a
fool, and you can quote me as
saying so,” says Col. Sheldon.
I don’t imagine that owls are. any
more foolish than most other birds,
however, in the presence of un
familiar surroundings.- A swallow
flew in the open window of my
bedroom not long ago and didn’t
have sense enough to go out the
same way. He broke his neck try
ing to fly through the glass of a
PESTS two named
There are two kinds of ibirds I
don’t like—^nor does anyone else,
that .1 know of. They are the Eng
lish sparrow and the starlings, also
an importation from England. Un
like most of our American birds,
neither starlings nor English spar
rows migrate in Winter, and p'cr-
haps because their ancestors have
lived for a thousand generations in
a densely populated country, they
seem to like to stay clo&e to
If they were musical, that might
not be so bad, but the only bird
noise I know which is more annoy
ing than the chattering of English
sparrows is the loud, rucous
squawking of a flock of starlings.
The worst thing about these im
ported birds, however, is not so
much their noise as the fact that
they drive our native birds away
wherever they decide to congregate.
SWANS fresh Water
If not the most beautiful of all
birds, the swan comes pretty close
to being the most graceful when
afloat. On land a swan waddles like
a duck, and I have never seen one
in flight, .but I like to watch them
One of my Pennsylvania neigh
bors has a swan farm at Yardky,
where he not only raises swans but
takes them to board in the Winter.
A curious fact about swans is that
they are such strictly fresh-water
birds that even a few minutes of
swimming in salt water makes
them ill, and sometimes kills them.
A theatrical producer who did not
know that put on ,a show on a raft
off Jones s Beach on Long Island
last Summer. He borrowed or
rented a number of swans, for scenic
effect, including some of the rare
and valuable black swans. He had
to pay the owners from $50 to $200
each for the dead and disabled
swans which he had tethered to
the raft out in the ocean
SQUIRRELS . ...
Next to the .birds, the most
friendly and interesting tenants of
the trees around my house are the
• gray squirrels. They' are fat and
thick-furred just now, which-some
of my country friends say is a
forecast of a hard, cold winter. I
have been watching squirrels for a
good many years, and it is rny be-
Hef that their fatness and the
thickness of their fur dep^ends en
tirely on whether they get enough
to eat or not.
Since moving from Massachusetts
to Pennsylvania I have not seen
any of our familiar New England
red squirrels. I don’t miss them
much; they are noisy and quarrel
some. .1 do, however, miss the little
striped ground squirrels, or chip
munks, who have to have stone-
piles and sandy soil to live in, and
which do not flourish in the smooth,
clay-loam, soil of Bucks County.
HORN’S SHOE SHOP SAYS
WE ARE STILL MENDING
While Santa Claus trails.
And the swift moments fly.
With Oiur hammer and nails,
We’ll tickle your eye.
HORN’S SHOE SHOP
Box 212 Troy F. Horn
Mrs. Kibble Comer, 89, Sherman
Texas, has re,ad the New Ttsta’
ment 125 times, the Old Testament
May this Christmas be one of hopes
realized — happiness attained — and
success in fullest measure.
J. B. Pendergrass
Franklin, N. C.
Roger W, Babson
Will 1937 Be A Year
of Real Prosperity?
With startling accuracy, Roger W. Babson,
once a year tells what’s ahead in the business
world for the next twelve months. For the
past four years his forecasts have averaged
more than 90% correct. In the 1937 forecast
Mr. Babson answers with positive assurance
over 50 puzzling questions about business,
stocks, wages, living costs, and the like.
This Popular Feature Will Appear
In Next Week’s I ssue of
The Franklin Press
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