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THE ONLY NEWSPAPER PU IICD IN TIADICON COUNTY
MARSHALL, MADISON COUNT C. FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th I923.
Thundering Caves' Down
; " , In Bowels Of The Earth.
Northeast Man Describes Beauty Of Hidden Caves In
Tennessee; Many Places Seen Never Before
Visited By Man.
. By H. S. REESE v
On my recent vacation in Au-
. gust, 1922, down South, near the
thriving city of New Port, Tenn,
I explored the Thundering Ca
ves, one of the wonders of the
, world. f
As these caves are so isolated
they are not very well known,
and few people have had the
good fortune to visit them. They
are located across the Pigeon ri
ver from New Port, Term., un
der giant cliffs at the bottom otn
a mountain. To give a picture
of these cliffs, I will describe
one which is, by the way, the
largest. . It" towers 600 feetab
ove the bed of the Pigeon river
and is 'called "Chimney Rock."
A wonderful scenery is affor-
; ded by standing on the top of
this cliff. Like a silver thread
the Pigeon river stretch for mi
les until it is lost in the distance.
Encompassing it are beautiful
mountains and level farmlands,
with shaded valleys here
- ' One of ' the most interesting
features of this cliff .is at the
very pinnacie. : A wooden cross
has been set up which years ago
. was dedicated to twe men who
fell to an untimely death in the
Pigeon river. 600 feet below.
- Near the top of Chimney Rock
are two small caves called Buz
zard Roosts." In t h e s e caves
have been found beautiful sto
nes, as well as a number of rare
and precious ones. The only
way to get to these caves is
over a small ledge in ; the rock
about 8 inches wide, which is a'
very difficult undertaking, since
there is nothing to hold to ex-
cept small crevices barely, large
enough for the fingers of a per
son to grasp. In fact, I was told
no person had ever been in these'
caves except a young darede
vil, John Owens, risking his life
in doing so.
On one occasion he was but
a few-feet of one of the caves
when an infuriated buzzard,
thinking her nest would be dis
turbed, attacked him unexpec
tedly. Off -his guard, he jump
ed and would have been dashed
to pieces ou the rocks hnndreds
ot teet Deiow naa it not Deen
his good fortune, to catch in a
small pine tree which had grown
'out of a, crevice of the cliff, The
impact was so great that a part
of the tree was broken, so it
seemed a miracle that he saved
Near New Port. Tcnn , is the
Ratteirig Cave. I visited it and
descended 150 feet being unable
to go deeper as below this it
was straight up and down. The
depth of this cave is unknown.
I verified this fact by making a
little experiment. , I took a ball
cotton, saturated - it with gaso
line, and fastened it to a piece
cf wire 20 feet long. To this I
attached several balls of fishing
cord and lighted the gasoline
soaked cotton. I let this down
into the cave . and the distance
registered was 2700 feet. While
this lighted cotton was in the
cave I . looked into it with a tele- j
r . ope and the light revealed a
' endrous sight. '
There appeared to be great
natural rooms leading from the
cave into the earth. I had a great
longing to know1 just' what this
mammoth cave contained. Who
knows but what it is full of the
remains of prehistroic animals,
rencs, precious stones or me
tals? Skeletons of men who .liv
ed in the dark ages might be
there. I think this would be a
worthy subject of study .for
On August 10th, 1922, with a
group consisting of James Sx-
t o n, John, Owens, Randolph
Hooper, all of New Port, Tenn.,
I made a thorough study of the
"Thundering Caves" and took
many pictures. We took with
us a kodak; flash light equip
ment, flash light, and 175 feet
of rope. " We entered the cave
at a passage beginning at the
mouth a few: feet above the
Pigeon river and tesminates
and I several feet shova the. Vmnrh
. r - v
Broad river, the total distance
being two and one-half, miles.
A perfect panorama of beau
X!-1 : i m
uiui scenery is witnessed m
this passage. We literally wor
med ourselves through. At some
places, we were obliged to' let
ourselves down on ropes for a
hnndred feet or more; The grea
test care had to be taken or we
would certainly have come to
sudden death. , In other instan
ces, we had to climb up instead,
of down and our progress was
On the sides of the cave are
many beautiful and grotesque
formations of stone, in the shape
of human heads, animals, and
stars.s The water which dripp
ed from the roof of the cave
was so clear it shone like dia
mondswhere it fell on lime-
wonders of these caves, 1
they must be seen to be app
dated". It has occurred . to' i
that he opening up of this I
markable wonder to the put
would be a highly remuner
tive enterprise for someone,
am sure people would com
from all over the world to s
this veritable fairyland of ca
lorth Carolina Murder , .
Cases Show Decrease
::::s snov v;::::n flay s::all part in crl:e
LOOK ! LOOK !
... " ' i
OLD HIGH PRICES smashec
again: 30 per cent reduction or
all BARBER WORK!
Hair Cut 25cts (
Massage . 25c ts , ?
Shave .......... lOcts
AH other work off according
ly at FED TWEED'Sshop locat
ed in the old McElroy law of
fice. Come and see me, and save
your money.. ,
? Wins Tributes
Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 20.
Wally Reid, "playboy" of the
screen, was at rest to-night.
From the early hours of the
morning until late afternoon,
thousands of men, women and
children filed through Hope St,
to the first Congregational chur
ch, to view for the last time the?-
favWlte; WaUy ReiUr
As the hour for the services
drew near, the traffic became
blocked for half mile .in four
directions from the church, v
Then the services. A hushed
church, banked in flowers; thou
sands of bowed heads in ' the
street, scarcely a sound in the
midst of a great city. a.
"Ashes to ashes - ."
A sob from a woman near the
door. The services end. The
emaciated body is carried to the
In the shadowed d u s k the
crowds move siowly away. The
stone, it soaked inp causing the captains and the kings of mo-
stone to' turn to a substance re
sembling pearl. . One curious
feature was long 'spirals of stone
hanging from the roof closely
resembling the reeds of a chur
ch organ. 'iv'v'-"''';'.-'-
Strange as it may seem, one
could hit these formations with
a stone or hammer and produce
sounds indeed like an organ.
We came across a deep pool of
water as clear ac crystal, i which
appeared at first glance to be a
great looking glass on the floor
of the cave. We drank of the
water and it was as cold as ice.
Many passageways appeared
to us some we took whioh lead
us hundreds of feet down 1 into
the cave and some have he ver
been entered by a human be
ing. At the end of one passage
we found a giant natural room,
from the ceilign of which hung
a beautiful enormous curtain of
stone, whichjs by far the most
maguificant thing I have ever
seen, rracucally every 'color
of the rainbow is seen in this
When persons walk through
these caves, a sound of 'distant
thunder ensues, therefore the
origin of the name ''Thunder
I have tried in feeble langu
age to describe tr? beauties and
Never before has such a per
sonal tribute been paid to a man
or woman in Los Angeles a
tribute' and a demonstration that
would be exceeded for no states
man, no philosopher, no philan-
tnropist, no man or woman in
public life, or without.
.The Marriage Of,
The Midgets. .
Next Monday night January
29th at 7 o'clock. The marriage
of the MlDGETS will be present
ed at the High School Auditor
ium. This entertainment lasts
from one, to one and one half
hours, and is one continuocs per
formance the entire time. It is
interspersed throughout with
songs by. the little folks. If pou
want to see a unique and beauti
ful wedding composed only of
the "little tots" between the
ages of three and ten, dressed in
evening suits and dresses with
trains, come to the auditorium on
the' above night. It will be rare
and real treat for every one.
Don't miss it 1 Proceeds' go to
our ' School Library. Admission
Children 20c, Adults 85c.
RALEIGH, January. (By the Associated Proas.) Murders in
n th Carolina decreased from 186 in the year July' 1, 1920, to July 1,
i :i, to 146 in the period from July 1, 1021, to July '1922; violation
" the State Prohibition laws increased from 1600 to 2.004 and burg
y from 38 to 62, two cases of the last figures being first degree
1 carrying death sentences, according lo the biennial report of;
acs S. Manning, Attorney General, made publio tonight, '
The report shows that the first year 10,749 criminar actions were
, osed of, -while Ike staber of 10,811 for' the second 12-month per
' TTomen playtj a 'ieszH jpzi h erimt eases when compared witk.
ons against men. Tea tifuind, one hundred and forty ciht
i in 1921 and 10,168 were iavolred in criminal proceedings as coin
ed with 598 females in 1021 and 632 in 1922, it is stated. "
The following alphabetical list of crimes committed from July 1,
0, to July 1,1922, is given: . , '
me of Offense . 1921
ndonment "....,......... . .. .. ., V. .. ..' 137
faction w ;."...'.i : 8
ition ;.;...,.....' 5
ay:. r...... ......... 343
a . s
alt and Battery . . ... . . .. '. . . : . . i 662
ult with deadly weapon . ',. . 1 ,167
r ult with intent to1 rape ...... . '..:. i.... 38
mpt to bum dwelling
mpt to poison.,,. ff .
tardy ............. ..
!ary, first degree..,.
Burning other than arson 4
Carrying concealed weapon . , , . '753
Compounding felony . ........
Concealing birth of child 3
Conspiracy ............. 30
Counterfeiting ,s ! r
Cruelty to animal '.. 60
Disorderly house 105
Disposing of mortgaged property 80
Disturbing meeting . '. 153
Flection laws ...;..."..
Embessloment ...................... 92
Failure to list taxes . 100
Failure to work , publio roads .... .'. 14
False pretense ..;,..' 60
Fish and game laws 77
Food and drug laws . ; ; ,f 1
Forcible treepaw 168
Forgery .. ........... ......... .. 134
ToraicatioB a s4ltaty ............ . . .'. . ; 241 ;s
CamMiti r Urpy ... . , 820
Health Laws u:. ............ . ........ 4
Houss breaking .. ., ..7. . . .'. .'. .." 314
House burning .'.'.'...'. Z '
Incest .". 9 .
anjury to property ... .. . . ........... . '. . '? . . '. . . .. . 68
Intoxicating liquors . . . . t . . , 1 ,600
Larceny and receiving .1,515
Libel ; :. 1.
License, practice and profession without .......... ' 5 .
License,, doing business without 16
Manslaughther .'. .. .."..v. .... .... . . .... .VV. 68
Military laws ............ '.. .... ...........
Municipal ordinances ........... 30
Murder first degree . ... .. . . . 10 .
Murder second degree .... 172
Nuisance '. . . ... I. . . . ..:: 50
Obstructing publio highways:.... ''...'.: , 9
Official misconduct .............................. ' 5
Obstructing river ........ ............... '.; 1
Perjury .. .. .. 47
Rape , " 20 ,
Resisting officer 73
Robbery' . . . : ...... 108
School laws 14
Seduction , 64 -
Slander ;.' 19
Trespass...... .....i. 117
: : 1
' 71 -12
Totals , ' $101749 10,811
Five thousand, seven hundred and ninety-three whites were in
volved in actions during the year 1921; 6.653 in 1922; 4502 negroes in
51 and 42 negn
1C21 and 4,184' in 1922
and 42 negroes; 3 and 11 corporations.
Wolf Creek Gsp-Newpcri -Pert
Dixie Highway Being
Ealt Rapidly As Possible.
k A. . ,
"There are how three steam
shovels and ; 80 mules at ' work
grading the .road -from V o 1 f
Creek Gap at the North Carolina
Tennessee line West to Newport'.
is the information leceived last
night by the Ashevillo M o tor
Club from John M. Jones; vice
president of the Merchants and
Planters Bank of Newport, "and
director of the Newport Motor
Club. -., V
Commenting on this verv cra-u
tifying 'information last nitrht.
ta ofnefal of the Aaheville Botr
Club stated that after years of
hard work on the Dart of thfi
Motor Club. and the Comber of.
Commerce the Dixie Highway to
the West is to be opened f o r
through travel from the Jrrent
Middie and Northwest d i r e e t
through Cincinnati. Lexirictori.
KnoxviUo, Newport into Ashc
ville and South to Florida, " which
would mean the direct cassinc
oyer this'route of around 40,000
to 60.006 tourist cars each SnnW
and Fall. .
Continuing, he staled that 'with
Asheville'sstratiegic l o c a t i o n
midway between Chicago, De
troit and Cleveland, and Miami
and St. Petersburg, . and , in the
midst of the greatest mountain ,
scenery of Eastern America, this
new Cincinnati Knoxville Ashe-
scenic highway to Florida which
it has never had heretofore, and
which places Florida on a par
with Californa as to scenic high
way, in addition to which it will
save the Middle, W est tourist
from 300 to 400.miles over either
of the other two routes from.
North to South."
The information f t o m Mr.
ones confirms the asreement
made with Charles .0 Connor.
former field secretary A. A. A;.
that the enterpricing citizens of
Newport would keep this road
passable by private subscription
while under construction.
A beautiful weddintf of Sun
day afternoon was that of Miss
Annie, Walton, of Marshall, and
Mr. Wl E. Campbell of West
Asheville, which wasfsoIemni7.-
ed at the parsonage of the Bilt
more Baptist church at 4 o'clock.
Rev. Samuel T. Henslevthfi
pastor, pfiiciated and the wed-
ding march was played by Miss
Only a few of the close friends
and relatives of the young peo
ple saw the ceremony. Follow
ing the wedding, Mr. and Mrs.
Campbell returned to West
Asheville where they will make .
there future home and where
both are popular among hosts of
FOR SALE 31-acre farm, six
room house and tenant house:
horse barn, dairy barn. fmverAl
other outbuildings; well watered,
well fenced, near public school: will
sell on good terms, Fiat Creek Trad
ing Co.V Star . Route: Weavervillc,
N. C. M8-to-8.11-23 P.
FOR SALE -17 beautiful lot8 at
ot Springs, N. Ci,. For quick
sale. ' Cash terms. .Owner IcavinT
for West Virginia. See C. W .
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