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VOLUME XXXVIIL NUMBER 33 MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1927
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"American Lumberman" National
Magazine Carrie? Article on Local
Firm's Unique Undertaking
The ' American Lumberman," pub
lished at Chicago, a magazine of the
lumber industry of national circula
tion, claiming to be the "Greatest
Lumber Journal on Earth", in its is
sue for March carried an article on
the bargain sale of the Cherokee
Manufacturing Company, of Murphy,
of which R. F. Williamson is manag
er. The article "was carried as a
news item, and the editors of the
magazine have written Mr. William
son for full particulars regarding the
sale and the manner in which it was
Mr. Williamson stated the other
day that he was at a loss to know
jusi jiO?y the Chicago publishers got
hold of the information. However,
a persuid of the Scout's mailing list
revealed the secret. A national clip
ping service is receiving this paper,
and it is assumed that the informa
tion was secured through this clip
The letter from the publishers of
I the "American Lumberman" follows:
March 9, 1927.
Mr. R. F. Williamson,
Cherokee Manufacturing Co.,
Murphy, North Carolina.
We understand that you are hold
ing a special "bargain sale" at this
time, and will appreciate it very much
if you will kindly write us a letter
telling how you prepared for this
ever.1, the class and kind of" goods
that are going into the sale, how you
advertised it, and the general results
in the way of visitors, customers and
prospects for futifrte business. If
you advertised the sale by space in
your local newspaper or by circulars
we would like to receive samples of
We are much interested in the
proposition, and hope you will write
us fully regarding it.
R. P. Fales,
RI'I* :EA Associate Editor.
Thus it will be seen that what start
ed out to be only a local undertaking
has attracted national attention, be
cause of its novelty and uniqueness.
And Mr. Williamson is more than
pleaded with the results obtained dur
ing his first bargain sale, which last
ed from March 1st to the 15th. The
cash sales during this period were
10 1G percent over and above the
same period for the previous month,
and 1420 percent over and above the
same period for the previous year.
A number of items carried by this
company were cleaned out, Mr. Wil
iamson stated, and more could have
been disposed of. That this event
*il! be repeated in the future is a
Tue Cherokee Scout and the Clay
ounty News were the advertising
Mediums used in putting on this sale,
except 250 circulars which were dis
tributed entirely in Murphy.
Romans missionary society
TO BEAUTIFY CHURCH GROUND
The Womans Missionary society of
the Baptist Church are calling on the
men and women of the church to
meet next Wednesday, March 30th,
to clean off and beautify the new
church grounds. All rubbish will be 1
removed, grading wtere necessary
done, holes filled in, and the grounds
leveled up and planted in grass,
dinner will be served at L-he noon
hour. This work needs to be done
?nd the ladies hope that enough
members will turn out to complete
the task in one day.
"Here's where we roll the bones,"
offered the undertakers as they pac
?d the coffin in the wagon.
Peaclitree High School
gram Mar. 31 -Apr. 3
March 31, 8:00 P. M. ? Plays by
April 1, 8 P. M. ? Reading ? Decla
April 2, 8:00 P. M. ? A play: "The
Path Across the Hill.
April 3, 2:30 P. M. ? Sermon by
Rev. William H. Ford.
We are planning to have one of
the best programs
have ever had. Come. Bring your
friends. We shall do our best to
make it pleasant for you.
J. K. STLES, Principal.
JUST IN PASSING
By James A. Hollomon
Neel Gap, marked by a tablet of
bronze, and the most commanding
spot in the Georgia Blue Ridge, is
to be the center of a state forest park
It is the first of a number of similar
parks that Georgia ? like other moun
tainous states ? expects in time to
have. This park, already accepted
by the governor, was made possible
through the generois.ty of the Pfister
Vogel Land company, a Georgia cor
poration owning enormous mountain
forest ereas, and of which former
Representative Bonnel H. Stone, of
Union county, is manager.
This new state forest park not
only includes Neel Gap, but also the
peak of Blood mountain, and a fam
ous beauty spot on the Appalachian
Scenic highway where there are sev
eral springs and a waterfall, some
wonderful old white pines, hemlocks
populars, oaks and other trees, moun
tain shrubs and crystal streams, all
at this elevation of above 3,000 feet
at the Gap to 4,700 feet on top of
As Neel Gap and the mountain
core above this waterfall are on the
Scenic highway, the two acres of this
tract on top of Blood mountain, on
the boundary line of the Cherokee
National forest at the head of Toc
coa basin, is only one mile west of
the Gap and may be easily connected
by a trail for making this look-out
point accessable to the highway and
the remainder of this first state for
est for Georgia.
The objet of the land company in
making this donation was to protect
these attractive spots from private
exploitation for all future time and
to give the state an ideal camping
ground in the Georgia mountains
where recreational features may go
hand in hand with forest protection,
while perpetuating a small area of
When Neel Gap was officially ded
icated, July 4, 1925, thousands of
people, including the governor, state
house officials and members of the
legislature and many from other
states enjoyed the barbecue dinner
served on the lands now included in
this state forest park.
Thousands more have enjoyed the
scenery along the highway since that
time, but now for all future time,
the state of Georgia will protect the
unsurpassed beauty of this bit of vir
gin hardwood forest land and from
the top of the rugged peak to the
west, all the grandrue of the Georgia
mountains may be observed, vast
areas of forest lands may be patrolled
against fire, and the state may estab
lish cooperation with both federal and
private timber owners on both sides
of the Blue Ridge divide in this and
Blood mountain is on the boun
dry line of the Cherokee National
forest, at the head of famous Toc
coa basin, where Duncan Ridge swings
off from the Blue Ridge, giving a
remarkable look-out point for lands
on the headwaters of the Chattahoo
chee, Tennessee and Savannah riv
This gift to the state, by such pro
gressive and far-sighted people will
afford the most important denion
?t rationed values for outdoor recrea
tion and proper forest protection,
which is the most appropriate ior ad
CLUB TO STAGE
Meeting Tuesday Night Wei! Attend
ed ? Park for Town Also Comes
in For Discussion
The Murphy Lions Club will stage
I a Dairy program at its next meeting
jin order to supplement anew the in
Iterest already manifested in thi? in
dustry in the county. A committee
composed of Rev. E. J. Harbison,
chairman; D. Witherspoon and R. W.
Gray was appointed to arrange and
have charge of the program.
A number of purebred and graded
cows have recently been brought into
the county and the program is expect
ed to cover practically every phase
of the dairy industry. A number of
farmers and business men will be in
vited to meet with the club on this
occasion, and it is expected that
speakers from outside the county
will be invited to address the gather
ing on the subject of dairying.
A park for the town a! ) came in
lor a lengthy discussion. It was
brought out that the cool springs sec
tion had recently been damaged and
its beauty somewhat marred by the
cutting of a number of trees and
some blasting which had been done
on the mountain just above the spring
Lion D. Witherspoon, attorney for
Battle and Sinclair, owners of the
Cool Springs property, st<il.J that
permission had been given a company
to get somo rock off the property for
mining purposes, and that as soon as
it was found the property and cool
springs were being damaged, the
owners ordered the work stopped
at once. He and the owners lament
ed the fact that this damage was
done without the knowledge uf e'ther
party. Some discussion was had as
to securing this property for the city
as a park proposition, which is ex
pected to take form looking toward
definite action in the near future.
The meeting was an enthusiastic
one, and well attended.
BEGIN APRIL 24TH
AT M. E. CHURCH
Revival Services will be held at the
Methodist Church beginning April
24th. Preliminary to the revival cot
tage prayer meetings will be held in
all parts of the community, and all
christian people of every denomina
tion are asked to take a part in the
prayer meetings and to attend them
as they are held each Friday in the
various homes from 2:;>0 to 3:30 in
The leaders selected in the various
sections of town are as follows:
Beal Town ? Leader: Mrs. J. W.
Regal Hotel Section ? Leader: Mrs.
G. J. Harbison.
Dickey House Section ? Leader:
Mrs. R. V. Wells.
Factory Town ? Leader: Mrs. K.
Patton House Section ? Leader:
Mrs. H. G. Elkins.
McCall Section ? Leader: Mrs. J.
South of No. 10 ? East Murphy ?
Leader: Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Fer
North of No. 10 ? East Murphy ?
Leader: Mrs. Frank Dickey and Mrs.
Mrs. Norvell's Section ? Leader:
Mrs. E. B. Norvell.
Hospital Section ? Leader: Mrs.
Arthur Akin and Mrs. P. H. Sword.
Mr. H. Engleman moved his family
this week to Murphy and is occup
pying one of Mrs. Dickey's residen
ces, his many friends will be glad
vancing Georgia's forestry policy
that could be made at this time. ?
The Carolina and Georgia lumber
railway has been ordered resold by
Judge Thomas J. Shaw.
The railway, which extends from
the Murphy branch of the Southern
at Andrews to Hayesville, was pur
chased a short time ago at public
auction for $50,000 by Percy B.
Ferebee, of Andrews, subject to con
firmation nf the court.
Recommendation that the sale be
refuted was made by the receiver
for the railway company, S. G. Ber
NEEL GAP AS
Elsewhere in this issue will be
found an article from James A. Hoi
lemon, associate editor of the Atlan
ta Constitution, dealing with a gift
of ten acres of land to the State of
Georgia for a state forest park by |
Pf ister-Vogel Land company, of j
which Bonnell H. Stone, of Blairs
ville, is manager.
This ten acres embraces two acres
surrounding Neel Gap, two acres on
the summit of Blood mountain, with
an altitude of 4,403 feet; and six
acres to include the Bridal Veil wat
erfall and the spot where the bar
becue giv"i by the Nacoochee-Hia
wassee Road oi ia
tion July 4, 1U25, when Neel bap
was dedicated and the highway over
the mountain was officially opened.
State Forester Luf burrow has not
announced his plans in making these
beauty spots more attractive to the
public and a greater asset to Geor
gia, But it is supposed he will make
trails leading from Neel Gap to the
crest of Blood mountain, construct
a permanent lookout to replace the
wooden platform, a short distance
from the highway at Neel Gap, place
permanent seats and recreation ap
paratuses in the barbecue grounds,
and, doubtless Construct a ujmique
platform over Bridal Veil falls out
of the native granite with a ladies
rest room underneath it, a i anger's
house and other attractions.
This is the first state forest park
in Georgia and was given by Mr.
Vogel, president of the land com
pany, so that these alluring and beau
tiful spots could be held in its nat
ural state to be used for camping and
recreational purposes and protected
against private exploitation for all
Mr. VogeFs generosity and far
sighted ideas are appreciated by
every lover of nature, and it is the
suggestion of the Courier that these
tracts be named Vogel Forest Park,
perpetuating the name of the donor
as one who loves nature and enjoys
recreation. Certainly Mr. Vogel de
serves such recognition.
Neel Gap, Blood mountain, and
Bridal Veil falls are a great asset to
White, Union, Lumpkin and Hall
counties. These places are familiarly
known throughout the country for
their wonderful scenic attraction. It
would demonstrate a spirit of pro
gressive pride if these county officials
would immediately notify the state
forester offering their whole-hearted
cooperation in making such improve
ments on the state forest park as he
Cooperation gets results. It will
bring a closer and friendlier relation
between these counties, and that is
so much needed. ? Cleveland (Ga.)
COPIES OF SCOUT WANTED
The management of The Scout
would appreciate it if our readers
who are throifeh with last week's
paper and have not destroyed it
would send it to us. We have calls
for a dozen or more and do not have
any. We appreciate responses to like
calls in the past, and hope this one
will not go unheeded.
TO BE PRESENTED
ON APRIL FIRST
"Miss CherryblosRom** Is The Story
of An American Girl Reared
In a Japan?'ie Home
"Miss Cherry blossom,'* Japanese
musical comedy in three acts now be
ins: prepared for presentation by the
Murphy Music Club, wiil be given at
the school auditorium on Friday
night April 1st, in accordance with
announcement recently by officers of
The theme of the comedy is woven
around an American girl who has
been brought up in Japan as the
daughter of Kokcmo, a tea garden
proprietor. Kokemo wishes her to
marry a high Japanese politician, and
and a young American is endeavor
ing to persuade "Cherryblossom," as
she is known, to marry him. Cheny
blossom learns her true identity,
comes into possession of her father's
estate and marries her American
lover. Many tense and intriguing
| situations arise as East meets West
in old Nippon.
The cast of characters follows :
Cherryblossom, brough up as the
daughter of Kokemo, in reality Eve
lyn Barnes of New York, U. S. A.,
Miss Emogene Axley.
Kokemo, proprietor of a tea gar
den in Tokyo, Japan, comedy part,
J. B. Storey.
John Henry Smith, p ' ~ v
as a <ru? J of
Henry Foster Jones, Jack s pA., ..
love with Je ?ica, Hugh BVittain.
Horace Worthing a New York
stock broker, who is entertaining a
party of friends with a trip to Japan
on his private yacht. J. C. SJocumb.
James Voung, Vt orrthinprt'W s i pri
vate secretary, Harve Elkins.
Jessica Vanderpool, Worthington's
neice, Mrs. Ralph Moody.
Togo, a Japanese Politician of high
rank, Mark West.
Geisha Girls in Kokemo's tea gar
American girls and men, guests of
Mr. Worthington visiting Japan on
his private yacht.
Officers of the Club are: Mrs. C.
W. Savage, President; Mrs. E. C.
Mallonee, Vice President; Mrs. H.
S. Parker, Secretary; Mrs. Ralph
Moody, Treasurer; Mrs. J. W. Dav
idson, Accompanist. The program
committee is as follows: Mrs. Henry
Axley, chairman; Mrs. E. C. Mal
lonee, Mrs. J. W. Davidson and Mrs.
Dickson & Company
Buy Murphy Bonds
R. S. Dickson & Company, of Gas
tonia and New York City, were suc
cessful bidders for the $35,000.00
street improvement bonds of the
town of Murphy on the 21st, the
bonds bringing a premium of $700,
with interest at six per cent. There
were five bidders for the bonds.
The printing of the bonds, secur
ing of legal opinion, passage of the
act, advertising and all expenses in
curred in selling were also paid for
by the buyers, which amounted to
some $350.00, making the premium
in all $1050.00. The bonds, it will
thus be seen, brought 103 cents on
The bonds were issued as street
improvement bonds to take care of
the outstanding indebtedness of the
town which was in the form of notes
past due, most of which represented
money expended for street improve
J. T. DOCKER APPOINTED J. P.
FOR BEAVERDAM TOWNSHIP
Mr. J. T. Dockey was recently ap
pointed Justice of the Peace for
Beaverdam Township. The appoint
ment was made by Governor McLcan
and Mr. Dockery was here this week
in the interest of assuming his new