gl 50 the Year in Advance iWe County , Sylva, C., Wednesday, 'June 15,1927 .. $2.00 the Year in Advance Outside County
Dedication of the new lookout and
memorial tower donated to the Stato
t V ol 0- J- Harris of Dillsbore, will
be held Friday with Wade H. Phil
lips, director of the Department of
Conservation and Development as
thp principal speaker ar^j forestry
officials in attendance.
The tower which was completed
8 sbo^t oime agt, was erected with
t),e greatest difficulty by workmen
under tin* direction of Col. Harris.
Water to mix the mortar had to be
tarried to the top of the peak in
buckets and the sand and gravel used
was hauled in small quantities from
Though there have been those who
have arisen to rob it of the glory
of being "The Highest Peak East of
the Rockies" it still remains the high
wt peak cast of the Mississippi riv
er, and though the faraway North-,
west may look upon this East that
honors Mt. Mitchell as rather effete
and misguided those who visit it still
regard it as a thing of beauty for
When it first attracted the cur
iosity of white men, it would seem,
has been, lost in time, but in the rec
ord is evidence that during the ad
ministration of Governor Swain, Jno.
C. Calhoun the famous statesman,
frequently came to Asheville on va
luations and took more than a little
interest id, the ruggedness and beau
ty of the Black mountains.
It remained, however, for Dr. Eli
sha Mitchell, a professor of math
ematics nad natural philosophy in the
University of North Carolina, a chem
ist, a mineralogist arid a geologist as
.well, to track across the pathless
miles that led up its defiant slopes,
and on its pinnacle to measure it?
is far as is known for the fitst tinSe
A controversy arose between) Dr.
Mitchell and General T. L. Clingman
over which one had measured this
.peak first and it was in a trip to col
lect the final proof that he had, in
deed, been the first man^to measure
it, that Dr. Mitchell lost his life.
The tragedy of Dr. Mitehell's death
occurred on June 27, 1857. He had
contended that the highest peak
in the mountains, since named after
him, had been measured by him on hia
firet trip in 1844. General Clingman
measured it in 1855; this date is def
initely known. Dr. Mitchell stated
that altitude as 6,772 but on one
trip; and 6,708 on a second. General
Clingman fixed the. height at 6,941
feet, but corrected measurements,
made at a later date by Professor
Turner, fixed its actual altitude at
The tower to be dedicated Friday
is not the first that has been reared
on that lofty mountain. There was
an obelisk-like tower of metal'erected
in honor oF Dr. Mitchell after tho
removal of his body to the summit
the mountaiiq. That monument,
"lade of soft metal, fell prey to the
souvenir hunters, and year by yea/
they gouged out pieces with knives
^d tlherwise mutilated it. After
Jome years the twisting winds wrench
^ it from its moorings and it crash
*d like a stalwart old tree that hart
its days. Afterwards a ston3
tower was erected. This was achieved
krgely by the enthusiasm of two
General Julian S. Carr of Durham
and Governor Craig of Asheville. -
Though the tower was not! achieved
""jthout some fights and the usual
Protestations, General Carr and ?ov"
ern?r Craig steered the fight subtly
^?d adroitly so that eventually anr
"ther monument to the name of Mit-,
JJwll was reared on the peak that he
tad measuicd and that bore his name
That tower, too, passed with time
^so a victim of trophy seekers, and
or some years Mt. Mitchell stood
frint and naked without an observ
ation post. 'j
Ust year it was announced th:it
yC- J. Harris of Dillsboro would
^^"t North Carolina with a tower
0n Mt. Mitchell.
When it is formally presented Fri
) ^ 't will be a monument t6 the
jjemory of Dr Mitchell. Though
.,ere be nothing to emblazon
e fact to the world it will also be
' monument to the indefatigable
0 of Col. Harris and hi* helper*
AUTO ON BALSAM
Bryson City Times, June 10?
W. T. Hyams, representative of
Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company,
had his car stolen from in} front of
the Entella hotel on Wednesday
morning and fonnd it on Thursday
afternoon, on Balsam mountain, where
it had been abandoned, after all the
gas was used. A passing motorist
knew that it was Mr. Hyam's car and
notified him and he got it on Friday.
Nothing had been injured about the
car and some $150 worth of cigar
ettes in the back of the car was not
touched. No clue to the persons who
took it has been found.
AWARDS CONTRACT FOR
Franklin, N. C., June 13?A bridge
to be built across the Cullasaja river,
near Highlands will open to. High
lands a big country in the region of
Whiteside Mountain, and will make
Highlands accessible to\he people
living in that section. The bridge
contract has just been let by tho
Board of County Commissioners.
It will be of steel. The.contract was
let to Austin Bridge Company, of
Atlanta, for $3,800.
The bridge will cross the river on
the old Franklim-Highlands road.
The river will,be crossed by the State
| highway, No. 28, several miles furth
er down the stream. C
TWO OTHER FARMERS
ADDED TO HONOR ROLL
- Raleigh, N.C., Jnoe 14?Whitfield
Dwight Graham of lit. Ulla in Rowan
County and Everett Allen Stevens of
Goldsboro in Wayne county joinj the
ranks of the four other distinguished
farmers of North Carolina by re
ceiving the award of a "Certificate
of Meritorious Service" from the
North Carolina State College of Ag
riculture anfl Engineering at the 38th
Cmqiencement exercises on June 7.
These two men were selected for
this outstanding honor after the Stare
had been searched by extension; work
ers, agricultural teachers and other
interested citizens. They were select
ed from a list c?f many other promi
nent farmers, passed upon by the fac
ulty of the school of agriculture and
awarded the certificate by the unpn
imoua action of the Board of Trus-i
tees. " ' '
Mr. Graham is considered one of
the leading farmers in the piedmont
section of the State and Mr. Steveus
in the coastal plaint section. Both
bl these men are not only good far
mers bat they are also community
leaders who have served their coun
ties and their communities. Both
have won financial independency on
the farm, have demonstrated that di
versified and balanced farming wi'l
pay and have been active in the edu
cational, civic, political and religious
life of their communities.
Mr. Graham with a farm of 350
acres has reared 13 children, ten of
whom are boys, and has made contri
butions to his section in dairy cattle
production, beef cattle feeding bar
ley growing and general crop farming.
His farm is one of the best tended
places in western Carolina anjd is an
example of a we" balanced paying
Mr. Stevens owns 600 acres in the
cotton growing1 section of the east
yet his farm is self supporting from
the standpoint of food and feed pro
duction. He has done notable work
in pastures, insect anjd disease con
trol, tile drainage, and fanrf build
ings. He has served in many import
ant places in the political life of his
county and State.
* A bank at Marshville in Union
county offers to finance 60 per cent
of the purchase price of a good cow
for any farmer patron of good char
acter. The notes may be paid inj one
and two years.
who built the tower with the utmost
(difficulty because of the task of get
ting water and material to the ?um
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: Asheville Times.
, Arno B. Cammerer, of Washington
assistant director of national parks,
who arrived here Saturday after
spending nearly a moqth in the Great
Smoky mountains was planning to
return Tuesday to the proposed na
tional park area in the Great Smokies
for further work in connection with
establishment of the park boundaries.
On the trip Tuesday Mr. Cammer
er, will be accompanied by State Sen
ator Plato D. Ebbs of Asheville, one
of the originators of the park plan
and a leading spirit in the work;
Mark Squires of Lenoir, ehairman of
the North Carolina park commission,
and Verne Rhoades, of Asheville,
forestry engineer for the state park
commission. ' )
Mr. Cammerer and his associates'
have just 'finished the work of ten
tatively mapping out the boundaries
of the great park which is to em
brace 428,000 acres of virgin timber
lands in the heart of the mountains
off North Carolina and Tennessee.
The two states are to acquire the land
and transfer it to the federal gov
ernmenjt for development and protec
The party leaving ( here Tuesday
will enter the Great Smoky moun
tain country near Waynesville. ^fter
inspecting certain of the park areas,
Mr. Cammerer will go to Knoxville,
Tenn., where later this month he ex
pects to meet S. T. Mather, director
of the national park service.
US UNG SESSION
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With 110 cases on the docket for
trial, the recorder's court convened
Monday morning, and will propably
be in session until Wednesday after
nooa, or later.
Fred Galloway, Canada man, charg
ed with public drunkenness, with ex
ploding dynamite, and with injury
to the home of Albert Owen, by the
explosion, was found guilty on all
three charges. He was fined $25.00
ar^j the costs, and sentenced to a
total of 10 months on the roads. It
was indicated that his attrneys would
file notice of appeal, before court
adjoui?)s. - .
Albert Otfen, was charged with be
ing drunk and carrying a concealed
weapon. He contested the drunk
charge, stating that he was not
drunk. On the other charge, he admit
ted having the pistol, but explained,
and proved by deputy sheriff Parker,
that he was with Parker on a raid
against a still, that was capturcd
and carried the pistol and a Win
chester rifle along. He contended
that he had a right to carry the pis
tol; but the court saw it otherwise
anj fined him $50.00 and the costs
and ordered the pistol destroyed. He
admitted having taken a drink or
two of the "backings" and beer at
th6 still. The court found him guilty
of being intoxicated, and fined him
$25.00 and the costs in that case.
The testimony of Mr. Owen and
members otf his family, regarding
the dynamite explosion, hear the
Owen home, was that they were ar
oused from their sleep, by hearing
gun shots, that Mr. Owen went to
investigate, amd that, in the light of
a flash-light, they saw Fred Galloway
throw something, and immediately
there was an explosion near the
house, tearing a great hole in the
yard and breaking out windows, with
the ooneussion. - (
Galloway offered no testimony.
Ed Lindsay chaiged with trans
porting any possession was found
guilty and sentenced to four months
on the roads.
John Coward and Fred Coward,
iound guilty of manufacturing, were
sentenced to four months each, but
the judgment was suspended for 12
months upon good behavior and the
payment of $100 fine.
Don Thraikell, drew four months
for transporting and possession.
Ed' Lindsay and Odell Lindsay,
OnJ Saturday, June 25, the Sylvau
Theatre will have its granj opening.
It is located next to the Ford ga
rage and is being built by Mr. J. S.
Higdon for Mr. Theo. O. Stevenson
of Waynesville anjd Asheville.
Mr. Stevenson has had quite a
wide experience in the theatre bus
iness, having owned a movie house
in Asheville prior to opening the Cap
itol ini Waynesville last January.
It will be remembered this theatre
was ruined by fire and water May
2, but has been rebuilt on the old
Victory location, much larger and bet
ter and will be opened next Saturday.
The Sylvan Theatre will have a
seating cpaacity of 300 seats on the
main floor and a balcony for colored
with 200 seats.
The lobby proper will be large well
lighted with a well arranged marker.
The entrance for the colored balcony
will be separate just east of the en
trance proper and tickets will be sold
at top of the wide stairs leading up.
The elevation of the floor will en
hance the enjoyment of the pictures
while the spacious stage will make it
convenient for vaudeville and road
shows in winter.
The pictures shown will be the very
latest product from the best exchang
es. A five piece orchestra will fur
The management of the theatre
will be under the direct supervision
of Mr. Stevenson who will still re
side in Waynesville but the residen
tial manager will be Mr. E. B. Drake
formerly of Pittsburgh, Penn., who
with his wife will make their home
Plans are going forward for build
ing an improved highway across the
Groat Smoky Mountain^ that would
link Sevierville, Tenn., and Bryson
City, thus forming another connec
tionj for the highwty systems of the
two states, it was learned here Tues
Bids on Tennessee's part of the
tj-ans-mountain link will; be asked
July 8, it was learned. J. G. Stike
leather, commissioner of the ninth
district of the North Carolina state
highway department, said this state
proposes to cooperate in every way
possible in constructing the new road.
This state's cooperation in the
move was also assured by Commis
sioner Stikeleather in Asheville re
cently when a delegation of good
roads enthusiasts froim Sevierville
came here to see him with reference
to the project. To carry out the plan,
North Carolina would improve a
northwesterly direction^ across Swain
county from Bryson City to the Tenn
affray, plea of guilty, judgment sus
pended upon payment of the costs.
Weaver Swayngim entered plea of
guilty to an assault and to carryi.ig
concealed weapons. On the first
charge prayer for judgment was con
tinued an^ *n the seconid case was
fined $50.00 and the costs. He and
Hal Stevens were required to give
bonds in( the sum of $300 each to
keep peace toward each other.
John Palmer *nd Terry Ollis, as
sault, guilty, $10.00 ana the costs.
Tom Stanley found guilty of trans
porting and possession, and prayer
for judgment was continjued.
Charley Worley plead guilty to the
same charge and prayer for judgment
was continued until the 4th Monday j
Crawford Dalton, drunk, $25.00 and
Champ Dyre, retailing, judgment)
suspended upon payment of the costs
and a good behavior bond.
Tom Queen drew three monthes
for transporting and $25.00 ion a
charge of being drunk.
Horace Mehaffey was connected of
being drunk and fined $25.00. The
same jadgment was entered as to
(Continued on page 2.)
CHIEF OF POLICE
Mr. William. "Bill" Martin, of
Bryson City, was elected chief of
police of the town of Sylva, by the
aldermen of the aown, Monday eve
ning, to succeed Chief Allen Sntton,
who has served in that capacity for
the past.two years, having held the
position, longer than any previous of
Mr. Sutton stated that his affairs
at home require his attention, as he
has a quantity of acid wood, polos,
and other timber that should be mar
keted at this time.
Mr. Martin comes to Sylva well
recommended by citizens of Bryson
Oity and Swain County. He assumed
the duties of his office, yesterday,
MINE YIELDS BODY
OF SLAIN COP'S WIFE
Marion, 111., June 14?Bearing out
the confession of Art Newman, for
mer lieutentnt of Charles Birger,
southern Illnjois, gang chieftain, the
bullet pierced body J)f Mrs. Ethel
Price wife of Lory Price, slain high
way pati-olman, was found late Mon
day in the abandonee coal mine shaft j
near here in^ which Newman declared
Birger followers had thrown it.
Newman charged that Birger kill
ed Prlcc because lie talked too much
about the gang's activities and thr.:
his henchmen killed Mrs. Price the
night of January 17.
Mrs. Price's body was identified
and claimed by her father, Dale Jack
son, and by two relatives of Price.
The body waa brought toan tffider
taking establishment here. The face
was recognizable, although the nose
was bruised I possibly broken.
There were seven bullet wounjds in
Mrs. D. T. Knight received a tel
egram announcing the death of her
brother-in-law, Dr. J. H. Knight
June 10, at his home in East Poij,t
Georgia. Dr. Knight was well known
throughout this section, having lived
many years in Sylva.
Miss Faye Bryson, who has be<yi
teaching near Smithfield, returned
home last week.
Mrs. Cynthia Beck celebrated her
60th birthday the 4th, with a sump
tuous dinner. ' Her daughter, Mrs.
Fanny McClure and children) of Ad
dic were among those who were pres
ent. i '
Mrs. John Coward is recovering
nicelj from a very serious operation
performed last week in the Angel
hospital in Franklin.
Notwithstanding the heavy rain we
are having daily, work is progressing
on our road, amd concrete will bo
poured \ery soon.
Representatives of the Carolina
Power and Light Co. are here instat
ing electric lights for all who1 wish
to have them. ,
REVIVAL SERVICES CLOSE
Preaching from the text "The Mas -
ter Is Come and Calleth For Thee,'f
Rev. John Church brought to a close
last night, the series of meetings he
has been assisting the pastor in con
ducting at the Methodist church.
Those who have been attending the
meetings expressed the feeling that
the meeting has been most helpful,
and that a great spiritual feast has
been in progress.
Pastor W. M. Robbins stated that
he felt that the meeting has greatly
strengthened the church in Sylva.
: A'. E. Allen a successful ponltry
man of Cary in .Wake County, raised
1,186 broilers to the age of five weeks
with the loss of only 14 chicks.
, The Avery county wcpl pool wns
seriously hurt because some growers
sold their wool to the peddlers before
the pool was ready.
RUN CAR OVER
Deputy Sheriff Claode Green was
painfully injured, and Kim Long and
Lang Jones are under arrest, (charged
with assault, following the striking
of Mr. Green, by a Studebaker road
ster, in which the two young men
were riding, on the Franklin road,
Monday ? morning.
It is stated that Mr..Green had in
formation that the two were intox
icated and driving an automobile 1:1
a reckless manner on the road, and
went out to investigate. Seeing them
coming, he is said to have stepped
in the road in front of them, and at"
tempted to stop them, when the car
headed for him, knocking him down
in the road, and injuring him. The
two were arrested anjd brought to
Mr. Green, while painfully injured,
is able to be up and around, with the
use of a pair of crutches.
TO HOLD JUBILEE
The Chamber of Comercme will
hold a jubilee meeting, tomorrow,
Thursday evening, at the Chamber '
of Commerce hall, celebrating the
close of the intensive drive for addi
tional members. A speaker for the
occasion has not yet been announced,
but it is stated that there will be a
splendid speaker on the program.
At the close of the membership
drive, while the exact number of new
members secured has njpt been an
nounced, it was stated by officials
of the chamber that the number will
be a hundred or more and officials
are pleased with the outlook for tho
Plates for 150 memB?r8 aire Jtebr*
prepared for the dinner meeting to
morrow evening, and it is expected
that this will be the largest attedned
meeting, as well as one of the most
enthusiastic yet held.
Raleigh, N. C. JunjB 14?The pro
posed North Carolina farm colouy
farm for women ^ which drew a
$60,000 building appropriation from
the last legislature, was given a
board of directors by Governor Mc
The board compose^ of Dr. James
Parrott of KinstonjMrs. W. T.
? Shorej of Charlotte, T. J. Murphy,
of Greensboro; Mrs. R. ?. little, of
Wadesboro; and R F. Beasley, of
Monroe, will have the responsibility
of selecting a site for the colony and
directing its Establishment.
The building fund will njpt beeomo
available until after July 1 as the ap
propriation falls in the new fiscal
year. The board, however, is ex
pected to meet soon and make its
plans for finding a site, whieh will
be located on some of the lands al
ready owned by the state. The board's
selection is subject to approval by
the governor and council of state.
Governor McLean also announced
today the re-appointment of all mem
bers of the state board of elections.
They are Col. John D. Langs ton, of
Goldsboro; W. E. Breese, of Brevard;
T. Brodie Ward, of Wilson; R W
Herring, of Fayetteville, and J. T.
Prevette, of North Wilkesboro.
BALES HEADS MASONIC LODGE
Mr. Clarence A. Bales was elected
master of Unaka Lodge, A. F. &
A. M., and J. Ramsey Buchanan was
elected Senior Warden, anid N. Don
Davis, junior warden, at the regular
annual election of officers, Monday
evening. Other officers elected were
C. W. Allen), secretary and M. D.
GOES TO RTRGEOREST
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Miss Lora Dills is spending ten
days in Ridgecrest, at the Y. W. C.
A. conference, having been sent then
by the Athletic Association of Mere*
dith College, to represent the insti
tution at the conference. Miss Dills
is a senior at Meredith, and president
of the athletic association.