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MICIPAL POWER M
Everything Will Probably
Be Ready to Begin Pour
ing the Concrete by Early
Next Spring. .
Mayor Dean Sisk of Franklin stated
Tuesday that a municipal power dam
across the Little Tennessee at Le6p-
ard's Bend, two miles below town, is I
now an assured fact beyond the prob
ability of a doubt. The engineering
firm of Robert & Company, of At
lanta, has been retained to make pre
liminary surveys and to draw up
plans and specifications for the dam.
Messrs. J. L. Goldman and Guy
Cruselle, engineers associated with
Robert & Company, have already
tested the foundation at the proposed
site and pronounced it good. Blue
prints are now being made, and will
be in the hands of the town board
within a short while.
The engineers are of the opinion
that all necessary work of preparing
the foundation for the dam can be
completed this fall. When the weath
er permits next spring, no doubt the
pouring of concrete will begin and the
dam be rushed to completion.
The weather being fine last week,
several attended the fair at Yellow
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Mallonee spent
last week in Winston-Salem visiting
and attending the fair there.
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Ashe, from
Franklin, were visiting Mr. and Mrs.
J. B. Collins last Sunday. v
Miss Inez Sloan spent .last week
end with Miss Ilda Russcjl at Oak
Mioses Verden and Eva Smith spent
last week end with home folks a.t
Miss Beulah Eryson, from. Cowce
spent last Saturday night with Mrs
J. B. Collins.
Mr. C G. Myers, from the State
of Washington, accompanied by his
family, is visiting his mother and
brother, Mrs. S. A. Myers and J. E
Myers, of this place. .
Misses Lillie Jacobs and Ruby Ma
son were visiting. Miss Edwina. Bry
son at Cowee last Sunday.
. . Mrs. Floyd Lowe, from Sylva, is
" visiting relatives at this place,.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Roper, were
seen going up the road last Monday
with a fine load of turkeys.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert. Bennett, and
family, Stewart Mason, Mrs. Lucy Ja
cobs and the visitors all took dinner
on too of Trimont last Sunday. Af
ter gettine to the top, Mr. W. A.
Shields and Jim Cansler joined our
party. Coffee was made and a good
dinner spread. All had a nice time.
Mr. Dutch Mason gave a singing
for some of the young folks last Sat
Rev. G. A. Cloer started a revival
at: the Baptist church last Sunday
As we are in need of a great revival
hope the meeting will be a success
Miss Ruth Stillwell, from Franklin
school, soent last week end with
home folks. L. V. J.
Our New Cemetery.
It is always our desire to extend
commendation where such is due
-Therefore we commend the Cemetery
Association for the selection of the
site for our Silent City. The last
resting place of our dead is destined
to be one of the most beautiful cem
eteries in Western North Carolina
Gilmer Jones, especially, deserves the
thanks . of the community for the
time and effort he has devoted to
ward the success of this, movement.
Some day there will be a serious
automobile accident near the Court
House. We suggest that the town
'board pass an ordinance requiring
vehicles of all kinds to keep to the
right in going around the Court
House. Signs to that effect should
be properly placed provided the ordi
nance is passed.
The unsanitary condition of the
-public toilets in the court house
1ring disgrace upon our town and
county. Those in authority should
give this matter their immediate at
tention. ' .,
Items From Leatherman. j
Oct. 9. Mr. John Smiley and
daughter, Katie, from Bryson City,
were visiting Mr. Smiley's uncle, Mr.
G. H. Gibson, or this place, Sunday, .
We were sorry to hear .of the death
of Mr. Wade -Potts, who died Satur
day morning ats the hospital in
Franklin. Wade, as he was most al
ways called, was w-orking at Watauga
when a hammer struck him in the
head. They carried him immediately
to the hospital, where he died early
Saturday morning. The accident oc
curred Thursday. His body was laid
to rest at the Liberty cemetery Sat
urday afternoon before a large and
Rev. G. A
Cloer conducted the funeral services.
Mr. Floyd Carden and daughter
Lenora, from Sylva, N. C, spent the
week end with Mr. Carden's mother,
Mrs. N. A. Carden at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shepherd are
spending this week with their daugh
ter, Mrs. Joe Gibbs, of Cherokee. .
Mr. Pratt Dalton, accompanied by
Mr. Alex Holbrooks, left for Virginia
a few days ago. They expect to work
there a while.
Mr, Arthur Shepherd, from East La
Porte, is spending a few days with
Mr. Glenn Gibson, from Winston-
Salem, is visiting his mother, Mrs.
Ben R. Gibson, of this place.
Mr. Albert Hurst left recently for
Sylva, N. C, where he will work a
We are sorry to report the death
of Mr, John Allen, who died October
5th. Mr. Allen lived only a few hours
after he became sick. The bereaved
family have our sympathy.
MAMA'S GIRL. .
Upper Tesenta News. .
Mrs. Vent Nicholson, Mrs. Wm.
Brown and Miss Bertha. Brown were
the guests of Miss Pearl Smith last
Mrs. A. C. Ballew is on the sick
list. We wish her a speedy recovery
Messrs. Ben and Horace Justice and
Mr. and Mrs. Will Keener . were the
guests of Mrs. Tom Smith Sunday.
Mrs. Jane Justice has returned to
her home at Prentiss, after spending
a while here with friends and rel
Miss Helen ' Smith was .the guest
of Mrs. Will Keener Sunday night.
Mr. John Brown gave 'an old time
bean shelling Friday night. A large
crowd was present, and all reported
a nice time.
Messrs. Earl Cabe and Lyman Bal
lew -were the guests of Mr. Dave
Smith Sunday afternoon.
Miss Helen Smith was the guest of
Mrs. Andy Wilson Friday afternoon.
Mr. Dave Smith was the guest of
Messrs. Tom and Lyman Ballew Sun
Messrs. John Brown and Fate Gar
land started to market last Monday
morning. We wish them good luck.
Mr. Vent Nicholson left Thursday
for the .south.
Mrs. Acnt Nicholson 'and." Miss
Meggie Brown made a busbies trip
to Otto Saturday. : -
Mrs. Horace Justice ..and her child
ren were the guests of Mrs. Tom
Smith 'ihursday night.
n BLACK-EYED SUSIE.
Several of the people from here
attended the Cherokee Indian Fair.
Miss Lucille Morgan, who is at
tending. School at Bryson' City, spent
the week end with .home (oiks here.. .
Mr, Glenn Gibson returned to Winston-Salem,-
after a few' days visit
with' his 'mother, Mrs. Ben R. Gibson.
Mrs. j L. Bryson ..spent last week
end with relatives at Iotla.
, Mr, John Matlock has gone to Win-ston-Saiem
.for a. few months.. '
Mr.. and Mrs. Lester Conlcy and
little daughter Audrey, of Franklin
were visiting Mrs. Conley's parents
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McGaha, of this
Mr. W. W. Pott? is very sick at
this writing. We wish him a speedy
Miss Beulah Bryscm was visiting
her cousin, Mrs. J. B. Collins, at
Miss Ella Queen has been spending
several days with Mrs. Lester Conley
A wave of sadness swept over our
community Saturday, October 4th
when we received the nevs that
Wade Potts was dead. He was work
ing on the highway three miles from
Franklin. On October 2nd he was
accidentally hurt. He was rushed to
the hospital, where he died two days
later. Funeral services were con
ducted by Rev, Cloer. PATSY.
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, OCTOBER
WORK TO START
ON GEORGIA ROAD
Contractor Here To Look
over the Ground and Make
Arrangements To Begin
Work at an Early Date.
Mr. W. . G. Wilson, of the Wilson
Construction Company, of- Ruther
fordton, was in town Tuesday. This
company has purchased from Mr. C.
M. Dicus the contract to construct
the road from here to the Georgia
line. The object of Mr. Wilson's
visit was to look the situation over
and plan his work. Asked- when he
expected to begin the actual pouring
of concrete, Mr. Wilson replied that
his firm will be busy for the next
few months in getting in supplies and
equipment. It is therefore unlikely
that actual Work on the road will be
gin before, next spring. At that time
Mr. Wilsan expects to put two out
fits to work on different parts of the
road and rush the job through to
The Wilson Construction Company
is unable to state definitely where the
crushed stone will be obtained. Pro
vided suitable stone can be found in
the vicinity of the project it is prob
able that a contract will be let to
local parties for crushing the neces
sary amount of stone. Those who be
lieve they have suitable quarries
should get in touch with the proper
Franklin Going Ahead.
The town of Franklin again takes
a long step forward. The Little Ten
nessee River, a picturesque, swift
flowing stream, is to be harnessed to
serve Franklin and the surrounding
territory with hydro-electric power.
Bonds in the sum of $300,000 have
been issued for the construction of a
concrete dam two miles below Frank
lin, where a power plant of 1,500
horsepower will be erected, with pro
vision for its enlargement as the
needs' of the community may demand.
Franklin, for many years cut off
from easy communication with the
rest of North Carolina, is gradually
making for itself a larger place on
the map. Because of its strategic
location, the town is on a trunk line
highway from Atlanta to Ashcville, a
road that is Hearing completion. Sit
uated on one of the most beautiful
plateaus in the Western North Caro
lina mountains, Franklin each sum
mer is entertaining a large number
of tourists. Twenty-five years ago
Franklin, then a very small village,
had an ' excellent public library; it
lias always had good schools, both
public and private. Macon County
is fertile in soil, still well timbered,
its grass lands, make cattle , raising
profitable, its sheltered valleys and
hillsides arc favorable to-the produc
tion of fruit-. And the tourist must
not forget that Franklin has a golf
course. In the years immediately
ahead Franklin ought to go . far in
that progress' which natural condi
tions for several decades , made . for
the town impracticable.- Ashe villc
Beautify the School Grounds.
It is a 'shame, that our 'magnificent
school building should be bordered
on all sides by the biggest ;mtid hole
in town. The buildnig was completed
more than a year ago buMhe grounds
remain just as the contractor left
them. We do not know who is re
sponsible for this state of affairs.
We do know,- however, that a drive
way around the building should be
constructed and that the grounds
should be beautified under the super
vision of an (pcrt.
The Gainesville (Ga.); Mill Band
consisting of E. S. Peek, Director.
Clarence Elliott, Hoyt McGee, cor
nets, Louis Spencer, trombone,. Will
Morrison, baritone, Albert McGee
tuba,' J, W. Gillespie, bass drum and
William Sorrels, spare drum, dis
pensed" some of the best band music
heard in Franklin in years at the sale
of the Bob Davis farm on last -Monday.
Four of these young men also
played at the Methodist Church on
Sunday night. Franklin was delight
ed with both the conduct and music
of these young gentlemen. Our city
will again welcome this band on the
Fourth of next July. '
Nearly all large animals are better
swimmers than man. With our flat
palms, we can outstrip many of the
small-footed running qualrupeds, but
the web-footed creatures and most of
the big animals have us beaten when
it comes to swimming. Anthropoid
apes, because of their build, are com
monly believed to swim as well as
man, but the fact is that they cannot
swim at all unless taught by trainers.
And that reminds me of another in
teresting fact along the same line:
fur seals cannot swim when first
born; they are actually afraid of the
water? and have to learn. But once
they have mastered the art, they soon
forget to walk.
The rhinoceros and hinnnnntamns
are both good swimmers, and the lat
ter is one ot the very best divers.
The reindeer is at home in the water
as shown by his method of deep sub
mersionhe keeps his head but a lit
tle above the surface. The elk car
ries his head well out of the. water
and avoids turning; he likcs-to'go
directly from bank to bank and tret it
The Indian elephant must be a
powerful swimmer, to judge by the
Mirpr s:hg burdens he carries across
gteat rivers. It takes both strength
and skill to swim when heavily loaded
The polar bear is a marvel in the
water. He is not the swiftest of
swimmers, but considering the. icy
temperature of the water and remem
bering that cold is a great deterrent
in swimming, this animal must surely
be the hardiest anl most enduring of
"water dogs," for ,he can swim
twenty or twenty-five miles with but
The squirrel is another surprise,
when it comes to swimming. I read
of a sportsman who experimented to
learn whether these little animals
swim naturally. He selected one that
had been born and raised in captiv
ity, and took it in a boat to the cen
ter of a lake. The instant the squirrel
was liberated it made for the shore,
and it swam so rapidly that the man
had ; much difficulty to recapture
it. E. L. Eubanks, in Our Dumb
In Memory of Wade Potts.
Mr. Wade Potts departed this life
October 4th, 1924, being a few months
over 21 years of age. lie was always
smiling and had a pleasant word for
all with whom he came in contact. '
Wade was a devout' Christian, a
member , of the Cowee Baptist
Church, a faithful Sunday School
worker. - Our beloved friend, will be
sadly missed in the community as
well as iii the home. A FRIEND.
The Press ' desires to obtain the
names and addresses of those who
have left Macon County in the last
few . years to seek employment in
otlur counties of this Statu or in
adjacent states and who now wish to
return to their native county provided
employment can be furnished thenv in
M;con. . It is confidently bel'eved that
within a .year or eighteen months
employment, can be found here . for a
large number of former Macon citi
zens who art- now employed else
v here. .Shm:I! such prove' to be t In
case wc wish- hi Ik1 able to - furnish
employers with names of former cit
izens' -of ou" county who desire to re
turn and who are qualified, to do soiiv'
particular thing well. In the cottiin
mill industry, fur instance, the ' letter-s1?-!'
. to tire Tross-. should state just
v h r; t t h r -person : it-ante d i rdoist g
spinner, weaver, etc, ; M erely to state
that a certain mail works in a :otton
mill will not answer our purpose. In
other , lines of endeavor the same
should apply. At the proper time we
want these good people to return and
the Press will do its part in getting
them .properly placed. Send in your
name now or the names of your rel
atives and friends who desire to be
listed., State name, address, age
Mr. S. R. Joines, of the Joines Mo
tor & Tractor Company, returned last
week from a meeting of the Ford
dealers in Atlanta. A better qualified
organization than the Ford Motor
Company to judge economic condi
tions of the country probably cannot
be found. Mr. Joines states that
dealers from all parts of the country
and high Ford officials reported that
good times are here and are rapidly
getting better. While in Atlanta Mr.
Joines visited the Southeastern Fair.
He claims to have seen a Fortson
Tractor do everything bu( swim.
NOW m ASSURED FACT
Western Carolina Telephone
Company Is Organized in
Franklin Will Add New
The Western Carolina Telephone
Company, - with authoried capital
stock of $25,000, and $6,000 paid in.
was organize 1 in Franklin on the first
day cf this month. .The following
officers were elected: President. Sam
L. Rogers; Secretary, E. S. Hunni
cutt; General Manager and Treas
urer, D. G. Stewart; Board of Direc
tors; Sam I.. Rogers, W. B. McGuire,
D. G. Stewart, (lis Leach, and Tom
Johnston. At this meeting the deal
to purchase the telephone property of
W. L. McCoy was consummated.
W. B. McGuire yvas appointed tem
porary manager until Mr. btewart
can wind up his business affairs and
take charge in person.
A new switchboard and the neces
sary amount of cable to cover the
business district have been purchased.
This equipment is expected to arrive
about November 1st, when Mr.
Stewart will take charge and im
mediately install the new equipment.
The new telephone company has
leased for a period of ten years for
its central office the upstairs space in
the new brick building now -being
constructed by Dr. Higgins on Main
street. We understand that Mr.
Stewart's daughter will be one of the
foperators in the new exchange.
The public is asked to exercise pa
tience until, the new equipment can
be installed and a general overhaul
ing of the entire system can be ac
ccrriplished. By the first of the year
the new company expects to have its
system in first-class shape and thus
be able to give Franklin good service.
It is proposed that companies be
organized to take over the country
lines anl to keep them in repair.
These lines would then be required
to pay the Western Carolina Tele
phone Company a small amount for
connection with the central office in
SWINGING BACK TO THE CARS.
Commenting on the hardships
which the motor bus operating over a
state highway paved at public ex
pense, works upon interurban steam
ard electric railroads, B. C. Cobb, an
authority on street railway and pub
lic utility operation, says:
"Some interur'oans are going to fall
by the wayside in fact a number al
ready have reached the scrap pile.
There are others, however, and they
are in the majority, that will continue
to serve with credit to their manage
ment and to the benefit of their pat
rons and their shareholders.
"Interurbans have depended largely
in the past upon the passenger busi
ness to keep them going, but many
are now doing a thriving freight and
1 Commenting upon competition of
interurban motor bus and trucks, Mr.
Colib says :
"If tlu American people are mind
ful of their interests,, this sort of
competition cannot long continue un
regulated and allowed to operate at
its own sweet will. The highways are
lutik for traffic traffic of the individ
ual, thet-farm . owners,-, the pleaMin-.
who in their
go from one
rr use by in-
:is rights of
( f a transpor-
thoroughfares for tho;
private capacity woul
place to another not
cor p orated companies
way, for the condect
"It is manifestly unfair not only to
the railways, who are forced to
maintain their owii rights of way. and
in addition are compelled to pay high
taxes on their value as property be
longingsbut it is also unfair to the
private individual, who foots the bill
for paving whether or not he derives
any benefit for so doing. ,
"With co-ordination and the doing
away with ruthless competition,
which in the end only means disaster
for all, the electric railways will
come back." The Manufacturer.
The Haywood Journal states that
the circumnavigation of the globe by
aeroplanes was a great victory or
the American navy. Wrong, brother.
To the Army Air Service belongs