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FRANKLIN, N. G, FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 1924.
YILL BUILD BIG
Town of Franklin To Issue
Bonds for Construction of
a Big Dam and Electric
Power Plant Here,
The. Board of Aldermen of the
Town of f ranklin, at a special meet
ing held Thursday morning, passed an
ordinance for the issuance of $300,000
of combined water, electric light and
power systems bonds. In line with
several other towns in this settion,
this is the first step toward municipal
ownership, of a hydro-electric power
plant large enough to take care of
iiKTea'ing demands. The people de
sire additional industries here, and it
is felt that the only way to get them
is to provide sufficient power, at a
reasonable rate. '
. The proposal that is now being giv
en jsertoiiS' consideration is the har
nessing of the Little Tennessee river
aboui a mile below town, though oth
er sites are also being considered.
For' several months the question of
the construction of a dim and power
plant has been agitated here.". The
original proposition was' to form a
stock, company to build a dam and
power plantt and construct a. cotton
mill, or at least furnish psrrt of the
' capital for the latter enterprise. Con
siderable progress was made in this
direction, and it looked for a while
,'as though the project would be suc
cessful. But, for various, reasons, the
scheme failed to work out, and the
plan was- dropped.
Still,: forward looking business men
of our town desired more power and
additional industries here, and s0 now
the town itself has decided to Under
take the construction of the plant.
This will "be good news tj the citi
zens of our town and couaty, for it
means that Franklin will at Jast take
her rightful place among the towns
of this section. ,'
Elsewhere in this issue of the Press
will be found-the ordinance for the
issuance of the bonds.
Most every one in this section has
just taken in the singing convention,
the young! folks especially. Ev;ery
one" reports a nice time.
Misses Elizabeth, Helen and Mary
Jane Smith, from Franklin, were vis
iting Mrs. Robt.. Ramsey and family
for the past two weeks.
Mr. Sanford Smith, who is teach
ing at Holly Springs, was visiting
home folks here this week end.
. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. O. Ramsey and
little daughter, Helen, were visiting
relatives here last wee!:.
Miss Mona Deweese, of Briartown,
was the guest of Misses Gradie and
Bonnie Dellart Saturday night,
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ramsey have
gone to Cornelia, Ga 0: business.
We are very sorry t'i'at Mr. Pat
Justice, who, is staying at his broth
er's at Holly Springs now, is having
to stay sick so long with his leg. We
all wish him a very speedy recovery,
and hope he will soon be back in our
Sunday School again.
We are very sorry to report the
death of Mrs. Emory Justice, who
died July 24th. We all hated to fejvc
her up, but 'God knew best and we
must all submit to His will and try
to prepare to meet her when we die.
We extend our greatest sympathy to
the bereaved husband and children.
. Dr. Angel was called Monday, to
the bedside of Aunt KateHenry,..vbo
is very sick. Hope she will speedily
The death angel visited the home
of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan and
took their little infant son Sunday
afternoon. He was one month old.
They loved the little darling and
wanted him to stay, boUGod needed
him more and He .took him away to
dwell with the angels till the Judg
ment day. , .
Mr. R. L. Ammons visited Mr. .and
Mrs. Everett Jennings, at Sylva, N.C.,
Mrs. Sarah Price has got o she
-can walk around now. We are glad
!to sec her out again. .
Mr. To'vin Jennings' eyes are di,gj
jnceiy since ne naa an operation.
pur school is doingvnicely with Miss
Norton as teacher. Hope she will do
as well fpr us as Mr. J. P. Moore.
Mr. Moore certainly was a good
teacher, and he understood the
children. Hope he will help teach
yet, as 1 feel we can hardly do with
out him. B. A.
Bryson Gity Is Now
Building New DamJ
Town-1 Erecting 34-foot Dam on
Ocona Lufty-Will Develop
600 Hore Power.
Bryson City, N. C, Aug. 6. Work
has been begun here on Bryson City's
municipally owned dam arid hydro
electric power plant near the mouth
of the Ocona Lufty. It is proposed
,to . spend approximately $100,000,
bonds to that amount having recently
been sold by the town of Bryson City.
, The new electric plant, it is antici
pated, will develop about 600 horse
power. The present needs of the town
are for only about 200 horsepower,
hence the town expects to have about
400. horsepower for sale. Th'at, in fact,
is one reason for building the plant; it
is desired to provide power to attract
new business and manufacturing en
terprises to Bryson City, and already
a number of new enterprises are seri
ously considering locating here, ac
cording to J. E. Coburn, chairman of
the) local Board of Aldermen.
The dam and power plant will be
located near the mouth of the Ocona
Lufty river, about five miles northeast
of Bryson City. A transmission line
will be built from the plant to the
The 'dam will be 34 feet high and
about 400 feet long. It will create a
lake approximately two miles in
' The contract for the work has been
taken by Berry-Fortune company, of
Hickory, and Mr. Fortune is here in
active management of the work. Mr.
Coburft believes the work will be
completed by January 1, 1925.
At present some 50 men are at work
getting machinery in shape clearing
the right-of-way; and doing other
C. E. Waddell, of Asheville, is en
gineer, in charge of the work, repre
senting' the city.
The continued drought in this' see
tion of the county , is causing great
damage to corn and all farm crops.
I do not know what will be the result.
Mr. F. M. Alley,' of Cullowhee,
passed through this section Monday
en route for his work in Transylvania
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Jones,
a fine boy.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Southards are
also rejoicing over the arrival of
Mrs. Jim Keener was very sick a
while, but was improving the last the
"Aunt Ann" Jones has gone to the
singing convention. There she . ex
pects to meet her brother; Gomery
Peek, of Central, S. C, and go back
home with him.
Mr. F. E. Mashburn recently killed
two rattlesnakes. Hie larger one
had twelve rattles.
Saturday Messrs.' Jim and Wilburn
McCall also killed an enormous rat
tlesnake near Jim's home.
Mr. Frank, Rogers, of Georgia, an
"old prospector" by profession, was
in this section of the county not long
ago looking for the precious metal.
During the past week two droves
of sheep passed through our com
munity. The buyers -were Hamburg
men. They were paying a better
price per pound than the farmer us
uallygets for lambs. What pays bet
ter than just a good old ewe in the
mountainous section of our state?
The .woo! pays for her keep and the
lambsfire your profit.
.Last Saturday, som of . our people
spent a very" pleasant day at the
Fanners' picnic at T.ilson's store at
Pine' Grove.' Ten farmers agreed to
co-operate and buy a' Jersey bull, and
go into the dairying business in this
section, When the : highway and
graded roads are completed we cart
market cream and all farm products
more cheaply than we can with poor
road',, The speakers 4t the picnic
were a gentleman from Pennsylvania,
Mr. Jim Gray, arid Mr. Arrendale.
Those who failed to attend one of
this series of picnics being held in
the county were the losers, I am sure.
Let's all stand by our County Agent
in all these various progressive moves
he is guiding the farmers in taking.
As the song goes, "Don't bite the
hand that is feeding you. The good
work he has done ean not be esti
mated. May it continue for many
years. F. M.
Mr. and Mrs. Clement E. Sotton,
of Washington, Ga., arrived here
Wednesday morning for a visit to
Mrs. Sutton's parents, Dr. and Mrs.
S. II. Lyle. '
OF CROPS RISES
Is Ten Per Cent Higher Than
In July For Four Years,
Says the U. S. Department
Washington. D. C, Aug. 11. The
ricultural situation, promises farmers
some increased economic leverage
this. -year,- the. department of agricul
ture stated, in announcing that the
index of purchasing, power of . farm
products is slowly rising.
At the beginning of July the index
of purchasing power of farm products
was 79 as compared with , the year
1913 representing 100. That is 10 per
cent higher than ever at that time in
the last four years. In its monthly
review the department takes issue
with those who., have, estimated a
$1,000,000,000,. increase in the value of
the wheat crop over last year's crop.
"It is possible that American
wheat growers will get from $100,
000,000 to $200,000,000 more for their
wheat this, year than last, assuming
that they sell something over 500,
000,000 bushels," the department says.
"This is considerably less than the
$1,000,000,000 - increase estimated in
some quarters, but bespeaks an in
creased ability to pay off debts and
a general improvement in financial
conditions in the wheat country.
"On the other hand, the corn sit
uation is "by nd means good. Stands!
are extremely spotted, many fields;
being full of weeds, and much of the
crop is so far behind that it will need
something approaching a frostless
fall to mature.
"The main significance of the corn
situation lies-in its effect on live
stock production and prices during
the coming " year. Expensive corn
this fall will presumably prolong the
liquidation of breeding stock now in
progress. Unless history ' is a faith
less guide, hogs and high grade cat
tle will V good property before this
time in 1925. -
"A six per cent increase -in dairy
cows in the country over last year is
reported, the increase being great
est in the west. The south is. con
siderd to be going through critical
days now, but cotton bids fair to
produce a larger and more evenly
distributed income. than last year."
and Mrs. Fred Harrell and
Margaret Head, -of Seven
Springs, N. G, have just returned
home from a visit with relatives here.
Miss Bessie Young went away with
her iter, Mrs. Harrell, and is plan
ning to rtte'nd school somewhere in
eastern North Carolina.
A number of ' persons from' this
ne'ghborhood attended the singing
convention, at Newman's Chapel,
The death angel came to the home
of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan and
took a way their baby la-it Sunday.
The body was carried to Mountain
Grov icr burial Monday. We ex
tend to the bereaved parents our sin
cere apathy. ,
-Mrs. Ruth Bryson. of Highlands,
was a recent visitor at' the home of
her parents, : Mr. and Mrs. Jake
Mrs. Kate Henry is very sick
again. Dr. Angel was' called to see
her Monday, and hopes are held out
that she will be up again soon.
Last Sunday Mr, and Mrs. Morris
Alley, aiid their' fine baby, of Cullo
whee, came to the home of Mrs. Al
leys parents, 4lr. and
Mrs. I), J.
Moses. Mrs. Alley 'plans to stavir!.iv
wjth us for about two weeks; Morris
left '-early-Monday morning for his
work irs the Lake Toxaway section.
I he young people of the community
are glad to have Miss Bertha Moore
of Franklin with them for a few days,
Some farms in this community have
needed more rain for the last little!
while. Monday afternoon our local
Devoe. was so sure that the drv
weather would continue that he, left I
his almanac out of doors and the
next morning the backs were soaked j
ofi. He made some remark about)
suspending publication of forecasts! . j.
v protracted meeting is to begin at
the Ellijay Baptist church Wednes:
day, conducted by Revs. Bunigarner
aiid Nicholson. We hope that it will
really mean a revival of spiritual life
with those who need' it in the com
munity. R. N. M.
Miss Clara Belle Stiles returned
home last week from the Conserva-1
tory of Music, at Cincinnati, Ohio,
where she has been studying for the
To Build New Road
Op the Nantahala
$40,000 To Be Spent on Road From
Nantahala Station Up the
River to Aquone.
Expenditure of $40,000 or, more on
the road between Aquone and Nanta
hala Statien is forecast by a meeting
held here recently between represen
tatives of the National . Forest Ser
vice, the county commissioners of
Macon County, and road trustees and
citizens of ,E'.n!;'hala Township.
This read goes through the Kanta
hala National Forest, and the gov
ernment desires a good road through
its property. The money, it is un
derstood, that was to Iiave been spent
in Pisgah National. Forest has, for
some reason, been diverted to . the
Nantahala Forest; hence the propo
sition put up to Macon County that
the government would spend $30,000
or more, if the county would put up
as much as $10,000.. ' " . '
The agreement finally reached was
that the county would put up $2,000
of the $10,000, Aquone road district
would put' up $3,000, "and Briartown
road district would put up $5,000,
both these districts being in Nanta
hala 'township, through which the
road will go.
It has been learned that the agree
ments have been signed by the proper
authorities in the county and the two
road districts, and that the $30,000
from the government for this road
is now assured.
The forest officials for some time
have been promising aid on this road,
but this is the first time anything
definite has been forthcoming. For
estry officials state that the next pro
ject that will be undertaken by the
government in J this immediate sec
tion will be a road from Franklin, via
the Nantahala Gap, to Aquone.
AT COURT HOUSE
There will be a concert given at
the Court House on Friday night,
August 22nd. This will be the final
exercises of the three weeks' Normal
Mrrs'ic School which is being conduct
ed .in Franklin by Mr. Geo. W.
Sebren, of Asheville, and will consist
of a great variety of music. There
will he a number of choruses by the
schoo', several quartets will sing, Mr.
Sebren will sing some, special solos,
and other serial features will be
given. It is believed that this pro
gramme will be highly entertaining,
helpful and well worth your while.
Ask about it. "
North Skeenah News.
The weather is still hot and sultry.
Older folks say it is the hottest they
have felt for many a year.
'Several folks went from this com
munity to the singing convention at
Newman Chapel Saturday and Sun
day. Pleasant Hill choir went also.
Rev. Jt'idson Smith spent Saturday
night with Kayriiond Sanders.
Mr. and Mr?. Harley Mann, and
family, of Royston, Ga are visiting
their parents, Messrs. J.nV. Mann
and John A. T. Sanders, at this
Little John Shojie had the misfor
tune to get liis arm cut the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Bell, of Toccoa, Ga.,
are visiting Mr. Sam Stockton at this
writing. - .'-',
Mr. and Mrs. Sturgeon Ledford, of
Clayton-, . -Ga were visiting in ' this
section the .past week. His mother
'I returned with him to spend a-few
Mr, and Mrs. Charley Pitts have
returned from Jefferson," Ga., where
they have been spending afew days.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lane spent the
j past Sunday" with Mr. Cabe's sister;
j Mrs. Flora "Sanders.
I Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Hasting.
from Allison Creek, spent Saturday
night and Sunday with Mr. Hasting's
father. Xlr. Winier Hastinar. . of this
Mr. Mack Moffitt of Cartoogechayc
passed through this section Monday,
Rev. Judson Smith filled his regular
appointment at Prentiss Saturday
and Sunday. His subject on Sunday
was 1 he Beauty and urand?ur , ol,
, Mr. and Mrs. John Sanders, Jr.,
took dinner with Mrs. Emma Ledford
at Prentiss last Tuesday.
ncoro Wf C CttnnntrUiYi nA C
L. Franks spent several days this
week at Durham, N. C, visiting Mr.
I Cunningham's brother, Mr. Henry O.
Cunningham, who has been, in poor
1 health for some time.
Membership in Norjth Caro-
lina Doubles in ParNinety
Days; Judge Grady Favors
Asheville, N. C, Aug. 6. The mem
bership of the Ku Kiux Klan in North.
Carolina has more than doubled
within the last 90 days, so that now
in a state election the klansmen are
strong enough .numerically to name
their own candidate, should they have
one, Judye Henry A. Grady, of Ral- ;
eigh, grand dragon of the North
Carolina realm, told the Asheville
Times today. .
Klansmen of the North Carolina
realm, Judge Grady said, are joining
with others in the effort to abolish
from the order the hood and the
mask, except for use in initiation
Judge Grady declared that he knew
for an absolute fact that the Asso
ciated Press is controlled by the
Roman Catholic church, or rather by
the Catholic organization, Knights of
This organization, he declared, also
controls to a large extent civil ser
vice appointments in the United
States, so that of the vast numbers
of government employes appointed
under civil service, 70 per. cent are
Catholics, although there are 26 Prot
estants to every 15 Catholics in the
The Asheville klan is in favor of
abolishing the hood and mask,; Judge
Grady said. He attended the meeting'
of the local klan in the klavern here
Tuesday' night, he said.
"The Ku Klux Klan does not in
struct its members to vote for any
certain man," he said. "However,
where there are several candidates
for an office and it is known that one
or more of their number is not fit to
serve the public, information is given
all klansmen and they are then al
lowed to follow the dictates of their
"It is not a party organizations Irt
North Carolina one-fifth of the Ku
Klux members are republicans and
the balance democrats. The klan does
not take an active interest in politics
beyond fightfng for the right and the
public welfare." ,
Judge Grady said he is not'allowed
to divulge the actual number of
klansmen in North Carolina, but it
has been reported that the total is
Elbert Dester Nix Dies .
At Anderson Hospital
Anderson, S. C, Aug. 5. Elbert
Dester Nix, age 23, died at the Uni
versity Hospital last night at 8:30,
following an jllness lasting over a
period of five weeks. Mr. Nix, who
had been employed in the mechani
cal department of the Anderson Oak
land Company for the past year, was
a native of Demorest, Ga. His par-(
ents aiid wife were at his beside when
he breathed his last.
The death. of Mr. Nix was caused
by a severe case of typhoid fever.
.Besides his parents, he is survived
by a wife and baby" and three broth
ers and sisters. The deceased was a
nephew of Mr. Otis Nix of this city.
His wife 'is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Chas. L. Ingram, Franklin. N. C.
.Mr. Nix had scores of friends in
this city, and they Vvill regret very
r.u'ch to learn of his demise.
The., body of the de-cased will be
taken to his home in demorest, Ga.r
today. Funeral servici will be held
on Wednesday mornir ; at 11 o'clock,
from the home of his varents. .
We are having some pretty weather
at t'ys writing.
Mr. and M,rs.. Herman Dean. Mr.
Sam Sanders, Miss Bertha Smith,
Mr. Charles Sanders, Miss Kate
Henry and Miss Geo Buchanan made
a trip to Burningtown, Sunday. They
had some very good singing and all
reported a nice time.
Miss, Carrie Sanders has gone to
Waynesville to visit her brother
We . are having some very good
sitrging at Watauga. . '..
A MOUNTAIN BOOMER.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lowry are
leaving this week for a visit with v
relatives in Maryvillc and other
j points in East Tennessee. They ex
i pect to be. away two weeks.