ABOUT MACON COUNTY
Macon County is predominantly,
agricultural, but according to a survey
published by the State Department of
Conservation and Development, it has
10 industrial establishments, whose an
nual output is valued at $724,474. In
dustrial employes number 177 and their
wages total $211,282.
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PROGRESSIVE, . , LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
VOL. XLVll NO. 17
, FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 1932
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Lldns Goes Democratic '
.. "'As Maine goes, so goes the
Nation,".. , and Maine went Demo
cratic this week for the first
time since 19l4. A Republican
machine,, built up through 18 years
of power in office holding, went
into the discard as Democrats
elected Louis J. Brann' Governor
and, won two of the three seats
in Congress. i ' v
President Hoover sent a tele
gram, to Everett Sanders, G. 0.
V. national chairman, saying that
the result -of this election "im
poses need . "far renewed and
stronger ' efforts hat the people
may) fully understand the. issues
at stake." Governor Roosevelt,
speeding West on a speaking tour,
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mucu me icauu an ivi iiic guvsu .
Corn to Burn
Corn is so cheap -an Nebraska
that Colfax county commissioners
have decided to burn it for fuel
in 63 public buildings. They pay
$8 a ton for corn, $12 for coal.
Army of Criminals
One-fourth of the Bonus Army
had criminal' records and 877
weren't ex-service men at all, At
torney . General Mitchell reported
to President Hoover this week.
Communists promoted the march
to Washington, he said, It was
"the largest aggregation of crimin
als that had ever been assembled
. in the city at one time," he de
clared. President Hoover said that
the report would correct many mis
takes, but that "we must take into
consideration the many law-abiding
men- who came with full right to
present their views to Congress."
Plan Relief Program
A national assembly to plan un
employment relief work will con
vene at Washington today. Presi
dent Hoover and Newton D. Bak
er "will speak.
Bandits Attack Consul
Bandits wrecked a train in Man
churia Sunday, killed 100, robbed
600. Another band attacked and
robbed U. S. Consul General
George C. Hanson on a golf course.
Around 200 employes of the
Hanes hosiery mill, Winston-Salem,
went on strike last week when re
quests for wage increases were de
nied. Strikers claim wages have
been lowered 53 1-2 per cent since
. - The President last week ordered
a $200,000,000 increase in federal
funds for construction projects, as
8 further attack on unemployment
problems. ' !
Tammany In the Fold
"Active and loyal support" of
Roosevelt's candidacy was pledged
at last week's New York state
Democratic meeting, by John F.
Curry for Tammany ' Hall, New
"York city organization tyhich Curry
Dry Leader Disappears
Col. Raymond Robbins, outspoken
prohibitionist, has disappeared.
Alarm was taken. when he failed
to arrive at the . White House last
week for a scheduled conference
with the President. From Maine,
his wife expressed fear he may
have been the victim of bootleg
gers, ' . i. -,
15 Pass Exams
Now These Students Can
, Go to High School
, Fifteen Macon county boys and
girls, passed the examinations given
Sentemher 3 anrl are now
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engwie 10 enter nign scnooi. inc
students are :
Slagle : Alice Lewis and Harold
)ak Grove i Grace Bradley.
Otto: Sherrill Henson.
Rainbow Springs: Earl Cuth
bertson, arid Grace Gillard.
Watauga : Stella May : Carter.
Oak Ridge: Mau'de Saunders.
Higdonville : Bill Higdon.
Salem: Marion "Bryson.
Hickory Knoll: Bill Conley.
' Morgan : Estelle Carnei.
Iotla: Robert Fouts. .
Cowee: Wheeler Morrison,
' franklin: May' Freeman,'
Utilities Wants Adjustment
On Frozen' Surety
' Bond .
$13,250 in Interest and
Principal Due Soon '
Mayor George Patton announced
Wednesday that officials of the
East Coast Utilities Co., holding
corporation operating the. Western
Carolina Power and Light Co., had
requested a conference with the
town council on September 19 which
probably would decide whether the
utilities company would continue
operating the Franklin power plant
or turn it back on the town.
Mayor Patton explained that on
October 1 $13,250 would be due
on bonds issued by the town for
building the hydro-electric project.
Five thousand dollars of this will
be due on principal and $8,250 on
interest '.'.''. .
Protection Bond Frozen
The East Coast Utilities and its
parent company, the Empire Util
ities Corporation, are now in re
ceivership. When they failed some
months ago, the town's protection
bond, put up by the utilities con
cerns when they purchased the
Franklin power plant, was tied up
bv ' failure of a Cleveland bank.
This bond amounted to about $73,
000. Mayor Patton and George
Dean, lown clerk, went to Cleve
land and managed to get $23,000
in cash" out of this bond and had
it transferred to a New York bank.
The remainder of the bond, which
is supposed to protect the town
of Franklin in event the utilities
concern should fail to live up to
its contract, is still frozen. In a
long distance telephone conversa
tion, with O. G. Martino, of Rich
mond, vice-president of the East
Coast Utilities, Mayor Patton said
he was informed that the utilities
company was contemplating turning
the power plant back to the town
unless certain adjustments could
be made concerning that part of
the forfeiture bond still tied up in
T. Homer Bowles, .local manager
of the Western Carolina Utilities,
said the company had cash on hand
to meet the October bond pay
ments, but was. hesitant about pay
ing put this money until it could
be assured that the town council
would not bring suit to force re
placement,; of the frozen surety
bond or, to-recover the property.
To Speak Here
rSandy" A. H. Graham, of Hills
boro, who is the Democratic can
didate for Lieut. Governor, will ad
dress the Democratic voters of Ma
con county in the courthouse on
Saturday afternoon, September 17,
at 2:30 o'clock. Saturday evening,
at 8 o'clock, he will speak at the
Highlands school house. Mr. Gra
ham's appearances are sponsored
by the Young Peoples Democratic
250 Attend rligdon
Family Reunion r
Approximately 250 persons at
tended the Higdon reunion at the
home of Mrs. Harriett Higdon in
Ellijay yesterday. "'
This reunion is held annually in
honor of the late Major William
Higdon. Major Higdon was only
12 years old when he first came
to Macon county from Burke, and
was among the first settlers in the
Ellijay community, .where he lived
for 50 years. . - 1
Short talks were made by the
Rev. A. S. Solesbee, Baptist min
ister, and by the Rev. H. C, Free
man, pastor of the Franklin circuit.
Thanks were returned by Thomas
Gribble of Sylva.
A sumptuous picnic dinner was
served on the lawn.
To Serve Lunches
To School Children
Hot . lunches to teachers
children will be sold this year by
Mrs. Mary ; Davis of the Frank
Williams farm on the Georgia
road. - She would like to know the
names, ages and menus served at
home of children who expect to
Edgecombe county farmers have
sold $18,870.46 worth of livestock
and poultry through their, local
livestock association during- the
Federal Judge Gets
An agreement , signed by prac
tically all of , the shippers and
freight consignees of Franklin
to use the Talhilah Falls Rail
way in preference to motor bus
lines has been forwarded to
Judge Underwood of the United
States district court for north
ern Georgia, who has supervis
ion over the receivership of the
The agreement is now effec
tive, it was pointed out yester
day by the local committee di
recting efforts to insure con
tinued operation of the "T.F.,"
and all persons and firms which
signed it will be expected to
comply with its provisions. Their
refusal to use the railroad as
much as possible, it was stated,
would be interpreted as bad
fdith and might retard the move
ment to maintain rail service
for Franklin. -
Revenues of the line have in
creased during the last month
or so at the rate of $25,000 a
year, J. F. Gray, receiver, , is
quotedas having reported.
Named Vice-Chairman for
Thirteen Counties by
John W. Edwards, of- Franklin,
president and moving spirit of
Macon County's Young People
Democratic Club, was elevated to
the office of second vice-chairman
of the Eleventh Congressional dis
trict, comprising 13 counties, at a
business meeting of the county
clubs after the Democratic banquet
in Bryson City Saturday evening.
Mr. Edwards received as many
votes as the combined total of the
other two candidates for the office.
The offices of vice-chairman were
created at the request of D. D.
Alley, chairman, who said he had
found work in the district has
increased so' rapidly that the job
was beyond the capacity of one
man. When the North Carolina
Young People Club was organized
in Raleigh, Mr.T Alley and a young
woman from Rutherford were . ap
pointed chairman and vice-chairman,
Frank I. Murray, clerk of the
Macon county court, nominated Mr.
Edwards. His opponent was Dan
Thompkins, publisher and attorney
of Sylva. F. I. Cox, of Asheville,
was elected third vice-chairman
Fifteen members- of the Franklin
Democratic Club attended the ban
quet at Bryson City. Among them
were. Mr. and Mrs. Grady Owens,
Miss Florence Stalcup, Miss Eliza
beth Slagle, Miss Nannie Potts,
Miss Ruth Slagle, Frank 1. Mur
ray, Robert A Pattern,-. James Haus
er, Harley Cabe, Frank Norton, and
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Edwards.
1 About 300 Democrats attended
the banquet. ; They heard the guest
of honor; Robert R. Reynolds of
Asheville, candidate for the U. S.
"I amtiot ''for, the return of the
saloon,"-Mr.i Reynolds said. "Neith
er am 1 1 in f aVor of whiskey. My
fight is' for temperance. I am op-:
posed to the Eighteenth Amend
ment, for I know that today, Pro
hibition "has placed liquor in the
hands of big business, with more
crime tian ever before. As for
temperance, we don't have it"
x Mr. Reynolds was greeted by
cheers which- lasted for more than
The Saga of Gha
Or How Four Fat Squirrels Bit the Dust
BY JOHN W. EDWARDS
Mighty hunter, Charlie L. Blaine,
now, is a great lover of the hunt,
and would have made a fit com
panion for Diana the Goddess of
Hunting. The taste . of choice,
juicy squirrel had made it very
unhealthful for the chickens; for
over three weeks he had read of
the opening of the squirrel sea
son, before it finally opened on
September the first, and for over
three -weeks it had required a
fried chicken daily to keep this
The trusty double barrel 12
gauge shot gun had been oiled
for the last -week of the closed
season daily. He had loaded and
re-loaded the small cannon so often
that the once bright, shiny, red
Franklin Business Group
Indorses Program of
ASK WORK ON NO. 288
Suggest Elimination of
Sharp Curves on This
The Franklin Rotary Club voted
its approval Wednesday of the pro
gram of highway improvements
proposed by the Western North
Carolina Committee for the De
velopment of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park nd of
Approaches thereto. This program,
drawn up at a meeting of the
committee recently held in Wayn
esville, embraces a recommendation
for the improvement of state high
way No. 286 from Franklin to
Bryson City, mainly by elimina
tion of sharp curves. . .
Franklin was represented at the
meeting of the committee in
Waynesville by W. N. Sloan, who
as an engineer for the government
surveyed much of the area in the
Smoky Mountain park. ,
Park Officials' Plan
The committee endorsed the ten
tative plan of park officials for
road development within the park,
which, briefly, consists of the fol
(a) Construction of a skyline road
from Sooco Gap along the crest of
the Balsam Mountain, to Mount
Sterling and thence to state high
way No. 284.
(b) Construction of a road from
Bryson City to, up Deep Creek,
to the Bryson place.
(c) Construction of a road from
Ravensford up Straight Fork,
through Pin Oak Gap, and thence
down Cataloochee creek to state
highway No. 284.
(d) Construction of a sky-line
road along the crest of the Smo
kies from Newfound Gap to Deal's
A few minor changes were sug
gested in this program of intra
The program . outlined by the
committee for the development of
roads leading to the park follows:
"(a) That state highways No. 107
and No. 112 be completed before
the summer of 1933.
"(b) That state highway No. 293
be constructed at an early date
from Delwood to Cherokee.
"(c) That the State Highway
Commission adopt the following
projects to be undertaken in the
fpllowing order: ,
"(1) Grading and paving of state
highway No. 106 from Cashiers
Valley to Sylva.
"(2) Widening and surfacing of
state highwayNo. 284 from Brevard
to the Tennessee line, . especially
that portion of the highway through
the Pisgah National Forest.
"(3) Improving state highway No.
286 from Franklin Bryson City,
principally by eliminating sharp
"(4) Construction if a road from
Balsam Gap . to Scoco Gapvia the
old Hood road." .
Want 288 on. Tockaseege
fThe committee also urged reten
tion of the temporary state high
way, No. 288, from. Bryson City
along the west side of the Tucka
seegee and Little Tennessee rivers
to Deal's Gap, and the widening
and beautifying of highway No. 10
west of Asheville.
It has been reported that the
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jackets of the two shells had been
worn thread-bare and were carry
ing a dirty gray . coat. The gun
had been polished so often that
it was sficker than an empty ban
nana lying on a cement sidewalk.
Breakfast was swallowed after
a chew and a half; the coffee was
down with the scorch and grounds;
and for once in life Brother Char
lie failed to take the second help
ing of every dish on the table.
The cows, hogs and other liver
stock was forgotten in the haste
With the trusty shooting arm
balanced gracefully over the right
shoulder, a shoulder already bear
ing the weight of a string, which
had its two ends tied to a large
fertilizer sack this sack would
soon be weighted down with a
ighway 28 Through Town
Says He Runs
At Less than
C. Tom Bryson, Register of
Deeds, and Democratic nominee for
re-election, replied this week to his
Republican opponent, C. B. Stock
ton, who declared last week in a
letter to the editor of The Press
that he considered the appropria
tions for the Register of Deeds of
Mr. Stockton, critizing the $3,
100.00 appropriation, offered to do
the work for $1,820.00. Mr. Bry
son, in reply, said that when the
county budget is made out, it does
not necessarily mean that the total
appropriation must be spent. His
figures show that he has been fillr
ing the office for $45 less than Mr.
Mr. Bryson's statement follows:
"I wish to say a few words in
reply to a statement which was
published in your paper last week.
"When the county budget is made
out, it does not necessarily mean
that the total appropriation must
be spent. In reference to appro
Expresses Appreciation for
Work Done by Young
Appreciation of campaign work
done by the Young Peoples Dem
ocratic Clubs of Macon county was
expressed by Governor Franklin D.
Roosevelt this week in a letter to
John W. Edwards, president of the
Maconx county organization and
vice-chairman of the eleventh con
From the Executive Mansion; Al
bany, N. Y., Governor Roosevelt
"Will you not convey to the
Democratic Young People's1 Club
of Macon county my appreciation
of the fine work they are doing
in behalf of the Democratic party
'The splendid principles and
ideals of our party have been so
clearly cfystalized in the present
campaign that the young people of
the country must surely feel in
spired to work whole-heartedly for
a Democratic victory this fall.
"I am asking the campaign pubr
licity committee to send you some
literature and buttons. If you will
keep in touch with Mr. Roper at
the National Campaign Headquar
ters, 331 Madison Avenue, New
York City, he will be glad to co
operate with you in every way, and
will send you campaign material
from time to time as you need it.
"Yours very sincerely,
, "FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT."
Fred McNeill and W. H. Prof
fitt of Wilkes county will build
trench silos for providing succulent
feed for their dairy cows this
dozen or more freshly killed grey
Not a leaf on the trees flut
tered or dared move, as the potent
hunter entered a large forest.
Everything was in deadly silence
near his pathway. Occassionally,
the faraway cry of a night owl,
which was located in some deep
cove in which the rays of day
were slow to hit would break the
silence. Un a ridge near halt a
mile to Uncle Charlie's right, an
Indian hen disturbed the tranquil
ity of the morning with it 9 cack
ling as it began its hunt for a
worm steak for breakfast.
Brother Charlie had traversed
the forest for near a mile, with
all of the time spent in vain
searching the trees for the bushy
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Street for Routing
G. 0. P. Offer
priation made to Clerk Board of
Commissioners, there was an ap
propriation of $600.00 for the fiscal
year endingg June 30, 1932. The
amount of $282.40 was spent, sav
ing from the appropriation $317.60.
The amount $282.40 includes money
advanced for postage on county
correspondence, money advanced
for long distance telephone calls
for County Comniiss'oners an
Sheriff's department. As Clerk to
Board I received not more than
$75.00. It seems that my opponent
is asking for $45.00 more thanI
received as Clerk to the Board for
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932.
"In regard to an appropriation
made for computing taxes and tax
listing, I will say that the $2,000.00
appropriation made, must include
pay for tax listing and taking farm
census, which amount to about
$400.00, Tax supplies $300.00, leav
ing the sum of $1,300.00 for com
puting taxes. From the .1931-32
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LIST 300 HEAD
IN CATTLE SALE
60 Macon County Breeders
To Offer Animals in
Auction Sept. 21
Sixty Macon County farmers have
listed 300 head of cattle for the
cooperative sale to be held at the
depot Wednesday morning, Sept.
21, according to Fred S. Sloan,
county agent. The number will
be larger by Saturday, the last day
of listing, Mr. Sloan believes. Last
year, 169 head were sold.
Cattle from all grades, from
calves to grown cows will be sold.
Interest in the sale has been
shown by farmers from all parts
of the " county and many inquiries
have been received from prospec
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A Democratic Club was organized
at Higdonville school house, Friday
evening with W. H. Henry chair-
Iman and Miss Annie Moore, vice-
chairman. The next meeting will
be held , tomorrow evening, .Sep
tember 16, with Sam J. Murray,
of Franklin, one ofr- the principal
speakers. . v
On Friday evening,' Holly Springs
has its weekly meeting. This meet
ing will have a special program of
string music, speaking by Frank I.
Murray -and others. .
All the other clubs are meeting
regularly and reporting large crowds
present for the meetings and plen
ty of , Democratic pep , is being
Organize Baptist .
A singing society iyas organized
Sunday, Sept. - 11, at the Cowee
Baptist church. Walter Dalton
was elected president, and Marie
Morgan, secretary and treasurer.
This society will -meet monthly
in the Cowee district which in
cludes the following churches: Lib
erty, Oak Grove, Franklin, Cowee,
Tellico, Iotla, Burningtown, Stiles
and Snow Hill.
A leader will be expected from
each church, and will lead two
songs at the monthly meetings.
The next meeting will be held at
the Cowee Baptist church, Sunday,
October 2, promptly at 2 oclock,
Howard Wilkie Elected
To College Council
Howard Wilkie of Franklin has
been elected a member Of the stu
dent government organization at
Weaver College. The duty .of the
student council is to maintain or
der in Skinner: hall, the boy's dor
mitory. College officials believe
that self government will train
(students to be good citizens.
Council Still Deadlocked
As 3 Members Won't
No. 28 Not Included in
List of Lettings Sched
uled for Today
The town council is still dead
locked over the routing of Stata...
Highway 28 through Franklin, but
three members of the council and
the mayor have signed a petition
to the State Highway Commission
urging location of this highway over
Palmer street, and an extension
westward through the gap back of
the Nantahala Creamery. Another
petition favoring the Palmer street
route has been signed by 438 per
sons, 395 of them residents of the
town. The other 43 names are
those of persons living outside the
corporate limits but employed or
doing business inside Franklin.
The coaincilmen's petition bears
the signatures of Rass Penland, J.
B. Pendergrass, Dr. J. H. Fouts
and Mayor George Patton. This
group of councilmen decided on
this means of . expressing their
opinion after they had failed to
get a quorum at two called meet
ings of the board last week.
Three Fail to Attend
Mayor Patton called another
meeting of the council for 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon but again a
quorum was lacking. Those not
present were J. M. Moore, Mark
Dowdle, and J. S. Conley.
Mayor Patton said all three of
these men had been served with
formal notice of the meeting by
Police Chief R. F. Henry. Two of
them, Dowdle and Conley, he add
ed, had been informed that a very
important matter besides the high
way question was to be considered.
This concerned principle and inter-.
est payments due October 1 on
bonds for Franklin's power plant,
now operated by Western Carolina
Utilities, Inc. Leaders of the group
favoring the Palmer street location
for highway No. 28 are planning
to send a delegation to Raleigh in
a few days to present the petition
signed by residents. They claim
that the 438 signers represented a
large majority of the voters in the
town of Franklin, which has a reg
istration of 484.
Following is a copy of this pe
"To the State Highway Commis
sion of North Carolina :
"The undersigned citizens and
property owners of the town ot
Franklin, believing it to be the
best interest of the town of Frank
lin and the public at large, respect
fully request that ' the Highway
No. 28 through Franklin be located
by way of Palmer street and ex
tension thereof westward through
the gap south of the Nantahara'
Contracts on- a number of road
projects are scheduled for letting
by the Highway Commission today,
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High School: Practising
. Under State Coach
Thud of the pigskin and stacatto
call of signals resounded Monday
on the footbalV-field as Franklin
High School's young gridders turn
ed out for first practise this seas
on. They are coached this year by
R. R. Smithwick of Warrenton,
State College graduate.
Old timers back in the game
are Hilton Calloway, Avery Cabe,
Ralph Angel, Joe Dowdle, John
Cunningham, Charles Davis, Jim
mie McCollum, Ralph Freeman, and
Jim Cunningham. Some of the
new comers are: E. Angle, Hurst
Hunter, Horsley, B. Cunningham,
Henry, Palmer, Williams, Tessier,
Curtis, H. Stewart, Potts, H. Cabe,
Ammons, Perry, Jamison and V.
Fouts. ' , o
The schedule will be made in the
near future, with about nine games
to be played.