$150 the Year in Advance i&le Count v J ? ?
?,-i -====^? ^ SylTa, C., Wednesday, July 6 1927 49m*i. v ?
f $2.00 the Year in Advance Outside County
SEIZE MEN, CABS
frankly X- C., July 4.?Fohr
. distilling; outfit havo
Ii4 ^; i'i!?> i is of whiskey, 500 gal
wq automobiles, and
listilling outfit havo
jK.tMi by sheriff's officers
t, county within the past
Yesterday morning officers gave
to it car containing five men. i
7llf men t'i iv w out 11 gallons of
irhiskcv w'icii their pursuers were
sbonM" overtake them in East
frauklin . Their ear then wheeled
about and rami off in an easterly
diction. <*ne of the men escaped
a, ,!,is Two others escaped)
before iliofehsjse was over anjd the
liquor cat taken into custody. Thosej
a,rested liave the names of Clayton
ami Ki'i:ci > and said they were from i
?Jackson county. They made bonds
j)j the amount tot' $200 each.
Altput da vh reak today H. J. Par
ris ami R'Owen, of West Ashevjlle,
their automobile, and 60 gallons of
uiii<key were captured on the bridge
over the Little Tennessee river on the
ot Franklin. Attempting to es
cape tlic officers, Parris jumped off
the britl.ee ami started to wade ac
ross the river. When he reached water
up to Itis chin, however, lie thought
better of the plan, turned around
ami walked straight into the offi
cers' arms. Parris and Owen were
in jail here tonight in default of
bond-; ot >700 each.
Officer.} ot' this county and of
Kabcn county Ga., met at the North
Carolina-Georgia line for a raid this
afternoon, hut only three gallons of
liquor were jound. It was buried
exactly on the State line.
The fourth wet capture of the
past two days was made about i i
miles front here on Walnut Cre*k
There officers found a complete cop
je; still and jiourod out about 500
gallons of beer. The distiller made
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OJTTEORA ROD & GUN
Franklin Press, June 30?The Onte
ora Rod and Gun Club, a concern
raaiii!ainin!f an office in New York
and huntinur and fishing' club about
five miios west of Franklin, has beenj
adjjiniitMti'd a bankrupt, according to
(tfloiirHphic information received here
Wednesday from Wilmington), Del.,'
(lit1 state in which the concern was
u r of judgments against the
?' hat! been secured by local credi
ts, and personal property to satisfy
'?>' first <;f these was to have been
s'?!d here today (Thursday.)
i'!uh. headed by Henry Dale,
?h I'M'. id;nt. had ma<le a lal-ge nuin
<?}' ii.ijirovements, including an at
'-oiivc i !ul) house, playgrounds, etc.,
'l o-fate of the Onteoni Estates,
:'id had maintained a manager
'ciiiw at their club. So far as
Named, 110 members had been
.-Mfjil.'A heavy advertising cam
V:--" wiMs carried on some months
7s ' rmii-h national magazines.
*'!? membership, it is understood,
ave cost $2,000 which would
|?'tid in addition to a year's duv
' lot and cabin.
Tik voluntary bankruptcy proceed
''?* o: the Oiiteora Rod and Gun
, '?!) have nr,thing whatever to do
i 'i :!:t> Onteora Estates, Inc., R. D.
s k. attorney for the latter, pointed
' 1 ?'d? ? r terms of the agreement
'? v" the two concerns, the Onteo
' Inc., had leased certain
; i.. t]l(l Onteora r0(] and Qun
* ;i!i. which ultimately, the latter con
iM, j:ave })POn given title-toy
.'n'l 1 'fi'huent of certain condi
Vr- .. , -
t v'(1 foneern began work here near
TO PREACH HERE
'''?v. Al j\V. Lynch, pastor of the
^ f1 ?ii><list church, at Cullowhce, will
at the Methodist church here
"lay iitornirig at 11 o'clock.
and hog raiser? 'n David
? '?''Uiity are saving between $10
l'M *15 a (ton by using home grown
^rai,|s and mixing their feeds at homo
Js f?"ipared with commercial feeds.
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NEGRO SHOT BY
Brevard News, June 30
J. D. Medlin, employed on the state
highway near Blevajrd, fired three
shots at Gudger Smith, colored, last
Sunday midnight, two of the bullets
taking effect in the abdomen and in
the hip of the negro.
According to Rural Policeman Sims
the trouble arose when a car driven
by the negro struck another car driv
en by Plato Allison at Pisgah Forest.'
Mr. Medlin,, who comes from South
Carolina, is said to have made some;
remark about the carelessness of
negro drivers, whereupon the negro
began cursing Mr. Medlin and it is
said, made as if to draw a gum.
Mr. Medlin drew first, firing three
times at the negro, who was taken;
to the hospital where he received med- j
ical attention and was sent to his j
home. Mr. Medlin foumd the officers
and stated, to them that he had shot
the negro. Trial was set for last
Tuesday, but was postponed until
next week on account .of the negro
being unable to attend the hearing.
UNION MEETING AT HAMBURG
The Jackson County Union Meet
ing will meet with Hamburg Baptist
Church. The program follows:
Friday July( 29th 1927, Sermon 31.
o'clock A. M. by >. Rev. Laurence
Crawford. v. ,,
Dinner. () ' -
3 P. M. Enrolling of delegates and
1:30 P. M. Pastoral Fields and their J
outlook, by all the pastors of Jackson!
Saturday, 9:30 A. M., Devotional
10 A. M. "Are we keeping the
Sabbath as we should?" Open, dis
cussion by Bros. Geo. i\V. Sutton
and D. G. Bryson.
11 A. M. The chief assets of the
Jackson County Union. Opeupd by
Rev. W. C. Reed and Rev. 1. K.
Dihner.T / . f
I P. M. The effective means in
winning the lost, Rev. Ben Cook and j
Rev. R. X. Deitz.
2:30 P. M- The church's duty to
its pastor, Bros J. T. Gribble and
J. B. Finsley. x P
? Sundav A. M. Sunday School les
son, taught by A. V. Washburn.
II A. M. Preaching by Rev, J. G.
Murray and offering for, Sylva Col
Adjourn at will. )
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DUKE WILL CELEBRATE
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' The students and alumni of Duko
University are planning a gala day to
be observed July 14, in connection
with the Junaluska department of the
Puke Summer School. An effbrt is
beintf made to reach all students and
alumni living within a wide radius of,
Lake Junaluska. This event, which is
the first of its kind, will become a
yearly feature e?f the Junaluska
school, it is hoped. !
The program begins at 3:30 in the
afternoon and extends through 'the
evening. It consists of a water earn i -'
/ill, a chicken dinner, and a musical
program. The plans for the various
events are well under way, and the
whole school is enthusiastic over tlie
fete. A large number of Duke grad
uates and students are being expected
to attend from Jackson county.
MRS. C. R. BROWNING DIES
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Mrs C. R. Browning passed away
at the local hospital, Monday evening
having bnen brought here from he
lionie in Bryson City a few days be
fore. Mrs. Browning is survived bv
hci^ husband and several children.
One son is Vance Browning, clcrk of
the superior court of Swain county
She is a sister of Mrs. James R
Cathcy, of Sylva.
The funeral and interment were
held today at her old home in Maco:i
Rev. T. F. Deitz of Beta, former
pastor of Mrs. Browning, conducted
the funeral services.
Farmers of Vance County will
make a good will tour through wes
tern C., across into S. C. and -e
turn back through the Sandhills dur
ing a trip beginning the week of July
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To Meet this Week
Raleigh; July 5?The state board ot,
equalization probably will convene in
Raleigh this coming week at a called
session to discuss a number of mat
ters to come before it, it was an
nounced by Leroy Martin, executive
secretary. Just what these matters an;
Mr. Martin would not say, neither
was he abje to name the exact date.
Heretofore the board was not expect
ed to meet until July 21 at Morehead
City, when the distribution ol the
$100,000 emergency fund, left from
the $3,250,000 equalization fund which
was distributed to 90 cqiintics June
But some dissatisfaction has been
expressed with the manner in winch
this amount was apportioned, and it j
is believed in some quarters that this:
may have something to do with, the
calling of this special session of the
board for this week.
However, it is becoming more and
more apparent to<those who have been
studying the situation ,tbat if the dis
tribution of the present lr.nd has not
been entirely equable, tliht the boaulj
itself is not to blame, but rather thoj
law," since the board carried out the ^
requirements of tho law as nearly as.
it was possible to do it in the time]
allotted. True, the revaluations made
by the board were estimates, rather
than actually revaluations, but tins,
was expected, since the board hadj
but about 60 days in which to do its j
Another thing that does not seem
to be generally understood is that
the present distribution was made on
the basis of the 1926 county valua
tions while last year the distribu
tion was made on t he basis of the
1920 values. To those familiar with
the change in values in the last jqx
years; especially in some of the east
ern counties where there has been h
bigger slump than in some of the oth
ers. In some instances, the values in
other counties have increased mater- j
ially sin.ee 1920. ?>
So it becomes apparent that since |
the function of the equalization board,
is primarily to equalize valuations in
the various counties. This being done
the aniount of the fund each re
ceives is almost automatically deter
In order to show the difference in
the amount of equalization fund
which the various counties would
have received this year, had the dis
tribution been made on the basis pf
the 1920 valuations, instead of the
1926 value, h table has been pie
pared showing this difference.
\ Take Alamance county, Its 1920
valuation was $38,940,312 and a 40
events tax on this amoun"t would have
yielded $155,787, leaving $38,508 to
have been received from the equali
zation fund. But this year Alamance
received $56,798 from,tlie fund, in
stead of $39,508 because the valua-.;
tion determined by the board this
year was placed at $34,624,128 or
some' $4,000,000 less than in 192'!,
with the result that it received a much
larger slice of the equalization fund
than it would have had the 1920 fig
ures for values been used instead of
the 1926 values.
Again take Bertie, one of the coun
ties objecting to the present distrv-,
bution of the fund. In 1920 Bertie,
had a valuation of $20,287,703, ???
a 40 cents tax on this amount would
hrvo yielded $83,3.10, leaving a ty?
ance of $30,239 to be supplied from
the equalization fund. But the val
uation determined by tne board on
the basis of the 1926 valuation is
more than $5,000,0000 less than the
1920 valuation being but $15,810,91.).
Up;;u which a 40 cents tax would yield,
but $63,243, leaving $50,306 to be sup
plied this year from the equalization'
fund in order for the county to meet
5ts school budget, instead of $30,
a difference of $20,000 in favor of;
Or consider the case of Buncombe (
county, which this time received noth-(
ing from the equalization fund, be
cause of its present valuation, as fix
ed by the board, of $155,937,6-7. In
1920 the valuation was only $9^,431,
572 upon which a 40 cents tax Would,
have raised but $369,738, and wh.ci
would have entitled the county oi
this basis to $37,063 of the present
fund. And so the story goes, in coun
ty after oounty.
The above is a news story furnish
ed the Asheville Times from its Ral
eigh bureau. It but bears out the con
tention made by The Journal, that
the allocation! of funds was manifest
ly unfair, as is shown by the increase
of $000.00 granted Jackson, one or
the i?oorer counties in the state, as
against the increase of some seventy
odd thousand in Robeson, one of the
Ji)ig counties of the state.
If, as the Board alleges, the difr
ference in the distribution of the
equalizing fund is due to the change
in valuations between ,1920 and 192u,
perhaps the board can tell us why
Jackson county, with a loss of a mil
lion dollars in valuation, not estimat
ed but actual, from 1920 to 1926, re
ceived an increase of only $600.00,
while Robeson, the home county of tue
governor of North Carolina, got an
increase of more than seventy thous
and dollars, or an estimated loss of
The revaluation of Jackson county
in 1920 was carried out in good faith
and in keeping with the spirit and
intention of the law. The loss of a'
million dollars was due to decreases
on certain corporate property, made
by the state tax commission, and by
the loss sustained, in valuation, by
cutting valuable timber from large
areas, and shipping it out of the coun
ty. So Jackson actually lost the
amount. At the same time, Mr. Mc
Lean's equalizing board compensate^
the schools of the county for the loss
by giving the county a measly $600.
00, not enough to pay one .teacher, as
its share of a doubled equalizing
fgnd. ' , -
The whole thing was but a sop]
handed out to stop the growing de
mand for a state-wide system of pub
lic schools, giving every child in the
state equal educational advantages,
with the burden of maintaining the
schols distributed equally through
out the state. But, it failed of?ifs|
object, if it was intended to increase J
the efficiency aiyl standard of the
schools in the ]K>orer counties, like
Jackson, and at the same time give
those counties some relief from the
excessive burden of taxation.
If the fund is to be distributed
on the' basis of lower valuation), as
has been done in this instance, then
the whole fabric of our taxation
system as promulgated by Governor
Bickett and ciuicted into the law as
known as the revaluation act, will
fall down; the tax books of every
county will again become monumen
tal liars; and there will be a scramble
from one end of North Carolina to
the other to see how low the property j
in every county can be assessed.
The truth is that there has been
a*fearful mistake made, and the more
the people study it, the more indig-j
nant they are becoming. The alio-J
cation of the fuiiid should have been
left with the people who know most
about the school problems and school
needs of the state; an,d it would have:
been had not somebody persuaded j
members of the legislature to turn!
the appointment of the commission
over the governor of North Carolina.
Now the board meets in the city
of Ralfcigh, and estimates the valu
ation of Jackson county to he a mil
lion dollars or so more than the tax
authorities say that it is. This coiinlv
has tried faithfully to keep its pn>i>
ertv as high as it should be on the
tax books. The state tax commission
is responsible for part of the loss,
having reduced the value of certain
corporate property. Another board of
the state, meeting in Raleigh, arid
knowing' little about the county or
its conditions, raises the valuation,
for the purpose of allocating the
equalizing fund and for no other pur
pose. Hencc, the w/inty, with am
actual loss of a million dollars valu
ation, gets its ptrt of the equalizing
fund upon the basis of an estimated
increase. * ,
This county should join others that
have been the victims of discrimina
tion, perhaps not intentional but
discrimination' never-the-less, and
fight for fair treatment to the tax
payers, and to the boys and girls
FIND ANCIENT TUNNELS
AT LYRIC THEATRE SITE
Workmen excavating for the new
Lyric Theatre building on Main street
dug into what appears to be the re
mains oi' two ancient tunnels, or per
haps only one tunnel, the connection
between the two having been filled in
sometime during the centuries. Ohe
was from the east to west and the
other north and south. In one Mv.
John Sheppard, who is in charge of
the excavaVing work found a pine
knot, still in good state of preserva
tion. The tunnels are from 12 to 15
feet under the surface of the ground,
and are only large enough for a man
to crawl into, though it is probable
that they were much larger at one
time, having gradually filled up leav
ing only the small space at the ar
ched top. There has been much spec
plation as to how the tunnels were
made and as to ^ho made them ?
the Indians, the mound builders, or
some race that preceded them upon
VISIT INTERESTING POINTS I
A party of forty-two students and
members of the faculty of the Cullow
hee State Normal Summer School
boarded two large trucks Saturday
morning and spent the day visiting
interesting spots in this section of
the State. They went to the Iiylian
Reservation where they visited the
Indian school, to Bryson City and
the Frycmont Inn(, and to Nantahala
Gorge. A picnic lunch provided by the
school was spread. The trip was un
der the auspices of the school and
was part of the program planned an-;
nually for summer school students. |
Mrs. Hr F. Burlev, a student at the I
summer school spent the week end at
her home in Ravensford.
Miss Bessie Mallonec was a visiter
at her home in Murphy for the week
Mrs. Margaret A. Bell spent the
week enjd at home in Murphy.
Miss Bemice Bridges went to her
home in Brevard for the week end.
Misses Abbie Tabor and Genevieve
Burnette spent last week end at their
homes in Burnette.
Misses Annie McGuire, Emma Lou
Stanfield, Bertie Jo .McGuire and
Mary Jo Latham were recent visitors
at their homes in Andrews.
Miss Osie Smith visited at her home
in Marble during llie week en,d.
Miss Carmcn King of Murphy went
home for the past week end.
Mrs. W. 'F. Colvard, a student at
the summer school, spent the ..eek
end in Robbinsville.
Miss Hazel Martin spent the week
end in Alexander, her home.
Miss Lilly Galloway and Miss Lula
Lee Phillips spent the week end inj
Miss Pauline Reece spent the week
end at her home in Brevard.
Miss Blanche Smith went to her
home in Hendorsoiiville for the past
Miss Ora Lee Gaddv visited Mis.
W. R. Boggan in Asheville last week
Miss Gertrude -Allison spenjt the
week end at her home in Sylva.
Miss Rachel Davis was a recent vis
itor at Highlands.
Misses Eunice, Bess and Essie Cun
ningham spent the week end in Frank
lin. * ,
Miss Grace Carpenter spent the
week end at Franklin.
Miss Thelma Jones went to Fletch
Misses Ethel Tabor, Effie Higdon,
and Vesta Higdon went to their
homes in Almond for the week end. j
Miss Lois Edwards went to Bessie
for the week end.
Miss Bessie Warren; and Miss Mat
tie Ruth Gurley recently visited in
Miss Grace Edwards recently went
to Andrews for a visit.
Miss Alice Brvson was a visitor at
Mush disease can be kept out of
the poultry flock by burying or
burning the dead birds.
of Jackson county.
As the Raleigh News< and Obser
ver has well said; either there has
been a most unfair allocation of the
equalizing funds, through all the
years that are past, or the present
allocation is unjust most discrimin
atory toward some of the counties
of the state. '?
The Ministers' Conference of West
era. North Carolin^a an organization
of Baptist Ministers which holds its
meeting quarterly will next meet at
Murphy on July 12 and 13. The pro
gram is as follows:
11:00 A. M.?Devotional?Local Min
ister selected by the pastor.
11:20 A. M.?Inspirational Sermon?
Rev. G. A. Martin.
11:50 A. M?Planning October Pro
Afternoon Discussion? Jesus, this
1:00- P. M.?Devotional?Rev. West,
1:15 P. M.?Business.
1:30 P. M.?Jesus, the Son of Man?
Rev. I. K. Stafford.
2:00 P. M.?Jesus, the Son of God?
Rev. George Steed.
2:30 P, M.?Jesus, as Prophet?
Rev. W. H. Ford.
3:00 P. M.?Jesus, as Priest?Rev. T.
L. Sasser. <
3:30 P. M.?Jesus, as King?Rev. A.
4,:00 P. M.?Open Conference and
Adjournment at pleasure.
8:00 P. M.?Devotional?A demonstra
tion of an effective opening
church service?Rev. R. P. Mc
Cracken, assisted by the Murphy
8:30 P. M.?The Believers' Union,
with Christ?Rev. A. V. Joyner.
Wednesday , ,
9:15 A. M.?Devotional?Rev. H. H.
9:30 A. M.?The Christian as a Son
of God?Rev. T. C. Buchanan.
10:00 A. M.?As an Ambassador?
Rev. T. F. Deitfi.
10:30 A. M.?As & soldier?Rev. J.
11:00 A. M.?His place, riches, and
joy in this life?Prof. Reed.
11:30 A. M.?His future state and
blessed relations?Rev. Murray.
Noon ? Lunch and fellowship
hour?Rev. W. P. Elliott.
Note?We wish to make the Oc
tober meeting a great "Bible Insti
tute." Therefore we are asking each
one present to be prepared to name
the Bible subject which he would pre
fer to discuss. If you cannot attend
the Murphy conference, write to T.
F. Deitz, Beta, N. C., indicating the
( Notice?free entertainment is id
ways gladly furnished all visitors by
the entertaining church.
GULF COMPANY BUYS STATION
The Gulf Refining Company rrs'
just closed with B. C. Grindstaff and
others for the purchase of tV v-}
filling station at the East end of Mill
and Main, streets, for a consideration
said to be around $10,000 and will
take charge of the station and oper
ate it, beginning tomorrow morning.
HALL BUYS POINSETT GRILL
The sale last week-of the Poinsett
Grill by W. A. Lytic to L. C. Hall,
was completed and Mr. Hall has as
sumed the management of the busi
ness. The Grill, located in the Rav
building on the corner of Main and
Walnjut streets was opened a few
months ago, by Mr. Lytle and has
steadily grown in popularity.
Epworth League Labor Day, Satur
day, July 9, 1927. Epworth Leaguers
have set aside Saturday for their la
bor day. Every leaguer will work on
that day for the benefit of the Ksa
f ?? '
We are appealing to business men
of the city to support this cause and
if you can employ one or 'more len ?
uers next Saturday will you kindly
call and give us your njnme. If yoa
have a donation, we are grateful.
What we earn Saturday we give <o
Mrs- D. D. Alley, Pres. .s