The franklin press mi the highlands maconian THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, lfttt Page si ALEXANDER SMITH AND THE BOOK LITTLE as the nine mutineers expected that the tiny boat would ever reach England, they determined to1 take no chances. They shipped on the Bounty, tak ing with them six native men, ten women and a girl of fifteen, and sailed away to an island named Pitcairn, after the British officer who fired the first shot at Lexing ton. Then ensued what the Encyclo pedia Britannica calls "a hell on earth." One of the sailors had worked in a distillery in Scotland and he discovered a way to distil alcohol from a native plant. Be fore a great while all the native men were dead, and all the white men hut one. That one was Alex ander Smith, left alone with a harem of .native women and a crowd of half-breed children, his own and his companions.' Picture him, if you will, the for lorn monarch of a helpless people, shut up with his own bitter mem ories. Then consider the thing which happened. In one of the chests of the sailors he found a book. He read it. He began to ask himself what was to become of this population that had had such a bad start. He began to think with shame and remorse of all the past; he repented of his sins and resolved to live a God-fearing life, and to make good men and women of those children. He began to teach those children to read that book. So years passed. The chil dren grew up and married, and more children were born. The community prospered. Then one day, nearly twenty years later, in 1808, the United States ship Topaz called at this island and brought back the first word which the world had received of the mutineers who escaped the hangman in 1790. Alexander Smith was king and preacher and teach Complete No. 2 Lamps Pudding Pans, 3 Quart Size Enameled, 5 Quart Tea Kettles Soup Bowls Dinner Plates Bread Pans 9 Cup Aluminum Percolators Wash Boards THE NEW Near New Federal Bldg. er in that little community. In honor of the President of the Unit ed States he had changed his name to John Adams, and he much hoped that only ships from Ameri ca would visit him, for he had no hankering for the gallows in Eng land. But no British expedition went out after him, and he lived and died in peace. vAnd now, what about the people on that island? There was no jail. There was no hospital. There was no insane asylum. There was no illiteracy, no crime, no disease. The people had no doctors, took no medicine, used no liquor. The island was one hundred per cent Christian ; nowhere on earth were life and 'property more safe. What changed that place from a hell on earth to a little speck of heaven dropped down in the South Seas? The reading of The Book. (The End) Army Opens Enlistments For Panama Service The United States army has opened enlistments for men be tween 18 and 35 years old for ser vice in Panama, according to an announcement received from H. E. Rader, recruiting officer at Ashe ville. Enlistments, it was stated, will be accepted for service in the infantry, coast and field artillery. Those applying must be of good character and have no one depen dent upon them for support. The Asheville recruiting office is in the federal building and is open week days from 8 a. m. tci p. m. Race Honh The thoroughbred or running horse has been bred for more than 300 years. It has been definitely established that racing capacity is hereditary, and that environmental factors influence racing ability. FALL AQkt 1 f)l 1U fiQc W 1 Atf AV 1 A IU 1 A iU 4Q 0W OV The $20,000,000 Home of 1 W N$;:::;::;;i::::-:i::x-.-y'-' WASHINGTON ... A view of the imposing twenty million iollar home of the United States Supreme Court, the Corinthian marble temple erected by the government to house the Justices. At its formal opening this week it was dedicated to the philosophy ef equal justice under law. Railway Report Shows Increase in Car Loadings A decrease in outgoing and an increase in incoming freight over the Tallulah Falls railway is shown in a report made public this week on loaded car receipts and deliv eries for the month of September. The total number of cars handled in September, this year, showed an increase of 26 over September, 1934, and of 31 over the same month in 1933. The "T. F." received from the Southern railway at Cornelia, Ga., 276 loaded cars during September, 1935, and delivered to the South ern, 104 loaded cars, making a total of 280 cars handled. In Sep tember, 1934, the 'T. F." received 239 cars from the Southern and delivered 115, a total of 354. In September, 1933, the figures were: Receipts, 220 cars; deliveries, 129 SPECIALS Halloween Favors & Decorations Candy Stationery School Supplies Glassware 5c & the U. S. SupreihCouftJ cars, making a total of 349 cars handled. Most of the decrease . in outgo ing freight came under the classi fications of forest products, mica and cattle. Indian "Money" Indian tribes of the Northwest Pacific coast had unique ideas of money, according to the ethnolo gists. The slave was the standard of value and was worth from 10 to 20 deer skins. The Kwakiuti In dians, like the ancient Mexicans, expressed values in terms of woven blankets, and, with the Haida of the Queen Charlotte islands, placed an artifically high value on large sheets of decorated copper shaped like large shields. This copper money deteriorated in value great ly when it was made from the cop per sheathing off ships' bottoms rather than from pure copper nuggets. Pretty Corner OCtf What Nots 3 Pie e Plates, each Spoons and Forks, each Glass Fish QtU Bowls Kitchen Linoleum ?Q Squares, 3 x AlZ Rubber Soles and 1 fie Heels AV Mouse O Cc Traps " for Pencils, ' 1 fW Dozen 1V TbleU 3 I W 10c STORE Franklin, N. Carolina Rainbow Springs (Unavoidably Omitted Last Weak) Mr. Wikle, Clay county truck farmer, was seriously injured Sat urday night when struck by a truck on highway No. 28 half a mile east of Rainbow Springs. Rus sell Cabe, of Franklin, . a forest service employ, was reported to have been the driver of the truck. Mr. Wikle was reported to have suffered a broken leg, a broken collar bone and possibly a frac tured skull. He was taken to the office of Dr. Shields, company physician for the W. M. Ritter Lumber company, for temporary treatment and then was carried to the Murphy hospital. Mr. Wikle was reported' to have stepped into the path of the oncoming truck. Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Tittle and daughter spent the week-end visit ing Mr. Tittle's kinsfolks in Hay wood county two weeks ago. L. O. Bailey made a business trip to Asheville Saturday after noon. Frank Doyt and Guy Bryant re turned home last Friday after at tending the world series games at Detroit, Mich. Jack Bryant, mill foreman of the W. M. Ritter Lumber company, has been on the sick list trje past week. The Rev. Joe Bishop, of Jackson County, filled his regular appoint ment at Rainbow Springs Saturday night and Sunday. Repair work on the Rainbow Springs school is now under way with Bill Tippett, of Franklin, in charge. In addition to the repair work and general improvements to the building and grounds, a water line is being constructed to the school house. Bird' Visibility All birds except owls have eyes placed on each side of the head so that they can look two ways at once. Owls have eyes similar to those of human beings. JkW vlrtP mm ate m

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