FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 1925
LIFE OF DR. GEO;
(Continued from last week.
Gave AU To Baylor
I recall that when he was out rais
ing funds for Baylor he took a col
lection down in Eastern Texas. He
h'a9 saved $500, which he meant to in
vest in "his' college education, because,
mind you, he had never been in col
lege and is one of the few men whom
I have known who paid the college
out' of debt in which he subsequently
graduated. This $500 was all he had.
When he took this collection for the
object so dear to his heart he laid
that 500, every penny of it, on the
altar and tod the assembled multitude
that he wai giving e 'ury penny ho had
on earth and that ho didn't luve
euvi.-n it'cney to pa' his way back
to Waco. It sent a thrill through
'that audience that caused money to
rain down upon the altar of God in
that service. That; was the most
characteristic -thing I ever knew ' of
him.. He had already given himself.
. He first gave himself to God and in all
the after years he has given of his
thought, of his time, of his talents, of
his love, of his whole being to the up
lift and salvation of humanity,
r- " Never Seeks Limelight
.He is one of the most modest men
I ever knew. Sometimes his modesty
borders , on timidity. He never seeks
the limelight. ' So far as I know, he
never. has. written an article. for the
secular press. He does not write
voluminously, for the religious press,
which I deeply regret. It is only in
times of crises that, he puts pen to
paper to breathe out his heart m re
sistless appeal to the great brother
hood to rally to the cause and uphold
the hauds of its leaders. I have re
gretted that he has not lived more in
- su'rrent literature of , his time, but I
come back, to the verisimilitude of his
life with that of the Apostle Paul.. It
'is always to him, "This one ' thing -I
' do." . '." ' ''
He never parades himself. He seeks
the quietude of his own daily tasks
and, lifte Moses when he came down
from "the mount where he held con
verse with God, he knows not that his
face shines. Over and -over again he
quotes the words, "The kingdom of
God cometh. not by observation."
Loved by Congregation n
During the entire incumbency of
George W. Truett as pastor of the
First Baptist church here the con
gregation has been at peace. In all
the churchy family there is not a man
woman or child who is not in affec
tionate and abiding sympathy with
the pastor. There never has been the
slightest intimation of discord during
air the 'years of . his unselfish service
for the church. 1 :
It is interesting, the manner in which
the general denominational work of
the Baptist Tias been carried forward
through the years. , Like all the re
ligious fraternities, ' the Baptist de
nomination always needs a line, of
bank credit through which to finance
its increasing and enlarging activities.
Time out-of mind this credit at the
. jbahk for the Baptist State Executive
Board' was stabilized by a blanket
guaranty, signed by a number of our
Texas Baptist r laymen whose bank
credit was h,igh. . There are some dif
ficulties pertaining to "matters of this
kind' not necessary to recite here.
Suffice C to, say th&t, , upon a- time
not long , sago" when ,the ' executive
'board' needed a larger1 line of credit
; "p nil new and larger indorsements, it
Teem5d somewhat difficult to secure
4his advanced line through an in
crease of the number of personal in
dorsees. ''';"''. ' ' '---':.
Name Alone Ample Security -y
It . was settled, however, in a very
simple vay. When the corresponding
secretary of our executive board went
to Nathan Adams,' president of the
American Exchange National Bank,
to establish this new and-larger line
of credit Mr. Adams was asked what
security or indorsement he would
TO OPEN HERE
Mr. B. F. Culbertson of Virginia will
arrive, in Frankin within a few days,
probably on August 7th, arid will open
up a modern electrical supply shop.
He will carry electrical appliances of
all kinds and will also be prepared to
do electrical installation work. Mr.
Culbertson has had 20 years experi
ence as an electrician. Franklin ex
tends a hearty welcome to Mr. and
Mrs. Culbertson who expect to1 make
this their future home.
Mr. Culbertson was here sometime
ago and was so impressed with the
possibilities of Franklin's future , he
decided to locate here.
need in order to accord to the denomi
nation this accommodation. He asked
the secretary if Dr. George W. Truett
would sign the paper. Receiving an
affirmative answer, he said:
. "There will be no limit to your line
of credit at our bank s,o long as the
paper is indorsed by Dr. George W.
Truett. He is all the security we
Of course, this fine banker knew
that Dr. Truett was not legally worth
a penny in the world.. He extended
this credit solely on this greaat man's
character ancl he will know; and his
directors will know and the world will
know, as we journey on down the
years that this confidence was in no
wise' misplaced'. k
Preached at Stockholm -
Perhaps ! the climax of George W.
Truett's life was reached when, at
the Baptist World Alliance held at
Stockholm last year, he was selected
to preach the annual sermon. When
he arose to make that address he faced
the assembled Baptists of the world.
While is was not quite true-as orr the
day of Pentecost that every man
heard the preacher in his own tongue,
yet ii was iruc uiai uc auuicsscu muic
nationalities than were present on the
day that Peter preached his immortal
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sermon in Jerusalem. Europe, Asia,
.Africay North and South America, the
island of the sea all the world wasi
represented in that Stockholm convo
cation. It was a challenge such as
has rarelycome to any man, because
this was the greatest Baptist meeting
known in . world, history.. .
."'.' . Ha Declined Many CalU
His work here in Dallas has
wrought most gloriously for the up-
lift and good or our citizenship. Many
have been the calls that have come to
him to . link his life with what the
friends abroad thought were larger
and more important fields. He has
been implored to go to the country's
great metropolis, and he would have
been called to the Calvary Baptist
church of Washington City, and have
had our recent President as an audi
tor, but he turned away from it all
and continued here with "us. I could
write a book about him and some day
I think I shall. He has been pictured
and characterized by able pens, but
no elopuence of pen or tongue could
adequately portray the potentiality of
a man like George W. Truett who, in
singleness of purpose and devotion of
heart, gives' all that is in him to hu
manity and God. v
r He is now in the flood-tide of his
strong and glorious manhood. He
comes of a long-lived, hardy, virile
race. I do not know how long he will
be with y, but this X know, that every
day of his glorious life he is bindXiig
our hearts more tenderly to. him.lind
through the momentum of his long
years of service is growing in the -esteem,,,
the fellowship and the tenjder
love of all our citizenship, ' !
; Leading Citizen of America
Who is the leading citizeft of Texas ?
One of our Senators or ex-Governors ?
Our present Governor?" Our Justice
of the Supreme Court? The Mayor
of Dallas? The managing editor of
one of our great newspapers? My
answer to all these questions is no.
The leading citizen of Texas is George
W. Truett. Not only is he the leading
citizen of Texas; m my own thinking-
ne . uie leauing cmzeu or America,
Foundation of Power House
erting All Energy to Make
Record for Quick Job.
Due to the remarkably good weath
tr since April 1st, at-d to the excellent
equipment and fine orpr.nization of
tt'f contractors the completion of the
power dam ii now vfihin sight. Mr,
All:n, the resident enpmeer, estimates
that tho citizens of 'Franklin will be
using the current general ed by the
dam by the middle of October. The
foundation for the power houses is
completed and work cn the super
structure will begin at an early date.
While the Press is without informa
tion on the subject those who are fa
miliar with building dams ate inclined
to believe that the Electrical Con
structors company of Charlotte has
made a record in work so far done.
Mr. Easton, the company's construc
tion engineer has a good crew and
one that is well contented. 1
The readers of the Press will be de
ligfited to learn that the town is to
have power several weeks before the
date specified in the" contract. .This,
of course, is contingent upon con
tinued good weather.
The power situation in Franklin is
now critial. In fact there is no power
worthy of mention. The sooner the
current from the municipal dam is
better the public will be
v Camp Taukeetah Banquet
Last Friday the annual banquet was
served at Camp Taukeetah. A sump
tions feast was enjoyed by the girls
and a few guests from Franklin and
elsewhere among whom were Dr. F.
T. Smith, Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Smith,
Dr. Angel, Major and Mrs. S. A.
Harris, all of Franklin; Mr. and Mrs.
J. s. McKnight of Shelby, and Mr.
and Mrs! F. W. Connell of Atlanta.
The guests were kept thoroughly
entertained during the meal with
many original songs.' From time to
time various toast were offered by the
girls. . These toast were ' exceedingly
clever and witty,
Throughout the evening the spirit
of Camp Taukeetah was manifested
in numerous ways as were the love
and devotion of the girls to Miss Pat
ton, the director. It is evident that
Miss Patton at Camp Taukeetah has
something more than a mere camp.
It might be said that her camp is an
institution and one of which Franklin
is justly proud
Thee program for the evening fol
lows: Toastmistress, Nellie Irvin. .
Welcome, Nellie Irvin.
To our visitors, Margaret Hood.
To Taukeetah, Mary J. Wharton.
To "Miss Patton,, Blanche Hodgin. .
To the Councillors, Becky Daniel.
Phases of Camp Life:
" Riding, Joe Abernathy.
Swimming, Lillian Houck.
w Dancing, Frances Sterne. . : ' " ': ;
Tennis, Katherine Palmer. ,
Reducing, Mary L. Heuitt.
Judge Bryson to Speak '
During, some noon hour of .the
August term of court Judge Thad Fry.
son will -speak tp the people of Macon
courrty pn jthe. proposed national park
in thqCreat Smoky Mountains. Judge
Bryson is: an earnest advocate; of this
park and,hisjnessaKC will fee of inter
est tollour citizens. '".
because, as I believe, he. is America's
greatest preacher. Measured in terms
of money, he is poor, but measured in
terms ot service, ne is tne richest man i
l ever knew.: Henry Ford is a pauper
beside him, The greaat galaxy of in
ventors and leaders in the realm of
j science, literature and art are pigmies
beside this quiet, genth-hcartcd pro-
tugon.st ot the Gospel of Christ. '
On the evening of July 30th the
Sylva Chamber of Commerce enter
tained many "visitors from adjoining
counties in a get-together meeting of
Western North. Carolina. The ladies
of the Missionary societies of the
Baptist and Methodist churches serv
ed an excellent supper in Sylva's mag
nificent school building. An orches
tra from Wayncsville furnished ex
cellent n.utic during '.be lepast.
Mayor Dan Tompkins, president of
the Chamber of Commerce ated as
toastmaster. In his introductory re
marks he stated that the Sylva
Chamber of Commerce is not only
working for the best interest of that
town but is willing and, anxious to
extend a, helping hand to all of West
ern North Carolina.
Judge Thad Bryson of Bryson City
was then introduced and made a ring-
in favor of a National
Park in the Great Smoky Mountains.
His speech was forceful and logical
and his arguments to the effect that
a national park will . serve the people
better than a national forest reserve
appear to be unanswerable. It was
the consensus of opinion that Judge
Bryson's speech made many friends
for the national park movement.
Mr. James G. Stikeleather made a
general talk on roads in his district
telling what has been done and what
he hopes to do in the near future. Mr.
Stikeleather stated that he believes
that the .Wilson Construction com
pany has made a record in the state
in Jte fntA rrtncfflirfinn r( tVifi fwnr-
i . ,
giA i uau. -
Attorney Dean Sisk of Franklin
fold the three hundred assembled
guests that Frannlin and Macon
county, will co-operate with other
counties in the western part of the
state for the advancement of the
whole. Another Franklin citizen then
made an announcement of the Truett
McConnell meeting to be held in a
J irge 'abernacle at Fimkliu on Aug.
14-23 and invited all present to attend
A rising vote of thanks vvas extended
to tl-t good .latins v. 'io had servtd
lite su. pt r
J The meeting then adjourned with
I Many expressions of best wishes for
; Last. Saturday Joe Ashear missed
a dress from his hangers. A thorough
search of his pockets and cash drawer
failed to reveal any money received
in payment for said dress. Joe then
remembered that a lady of color had
visited his store about the time the
dress disappeared. The sheriff and
Joe made, a search for the thief but
failed to locate her.
Joe. says his dresses are priced so
cheaply he reckons the woman
thought he stole the garment and that
she was entitled to the same privilege.
, Box Supper
The King's Daughters will give a
box supper at Maden's Chapel on the
water of the Cartoogechaye. . August
15th at 8:00 o'clock, tor the purpose
of raising funds for -Mt thiij eL Every
tody invjud - ,.
PROGRESS T. B. ERADICATION
Dr. Castle berry, government veter-
. ; I
ed during the month of July 617 cat
tic. .From " this , unwbtr five were
found Jo have tuberculosis. Since
berry has tested 2W) cattle ' and
found 13 reactors. It is estimated
that there are between eight thousand
and ninp finnand rattlp in tflp r-mtn.
t n ,,- therefore reai.tT h.
that this work is pg,,ssing; rapidiy
more. than one-fourth of the cows
vc been tested.
Mrs. W. T. Moore, Mr.; and' Mrs,
I F. W. Connell and son," Misses1 Sue
and Catherine Hunnicutt,' Mr.1 Roan
Bradley and Dr. Alvah Pearce spent
the week end on the Nantahala.
iuuhu , io nave luoercuiosis. oincer.i )'.. a m u.. l
. . ;L- " r r. :i 1 the old homestead. jTwo. distinguish-
starting this work m April Dr. Castle-V j-. i t ni . n
, t , . - ,m .ii relatives , of Dr;-McDonnell, Rev.
Will Seat 4,000-Other Pre
liminary Details Arranged
'Former Estimate of 50,
000 visitors Increased.
The big tabernacle, seating 4,000,
built in the grove just south" of town,
is now complete and ready for the
great Truett-McCbnnell meeting to'
be held August 14-23. Arrangements
have been made whereby cars can be
parked in a systematic manner to
aoid cor fusion and' Ira flic congestion.
As stated in previous issues of the i
fress the visiting public i.; -urged to
bring along camping outfits as the
housing accommodations in Fianklin
are exceedingly limited. The citizens
of Franklin and those who live in
rural communities are earnestly re
quested to notify Alf Higdon or Mrs.
Will Higdon of the number of rooms
and beds they will have available for
use of visitors during the meeting.
The latest information received by
Rev. A. J. Smith, pastor of the local
Baptist church, is to the effect that
probably 70,000 visitors will be here
during the ten days of the meeting.
It is therefore" incumbent upon all to
open their dors to these visitors .and
extend hospitality in the fullest meas- ,
The senior and junior choirs under
direction of Mrs. W. C. McKenzie and
Mrs. Smith Harris respectively are,,
practicing daily for the . meeting.
These etioirs are intended only as a
nucleus for congregational singing.
The meeting will begin promptly at
11 A. M. Friday August 14th with Dr.
F. C. McConnell preaohing. Dr. Truett
will preach Friday night at 8 o'clock. "
On week days this schedule will hold
during the entire meeting. On Sun
days there will probably be three ser
vices with Dr. Truett preaching in the -morning
and at night and Dr. McCon
nell in the afternoon. Definite an
nouncements concerning Sunday ser
vices will be made at a later date.
T. R. Gray Writes of
Dr. McConnell's Father
Editor Press : I am glad to see th?
Truett-McConnell meeting in FrankV
tin so wide advertised and that a suitV
able arbor is being provided for ser
vices by our local Baptist friends.
It may not be generally known that
Mr. McConnell's father went as a
young man from the good old count
I had the pleasure a good many
yeasr ago of being at his home for a
short while. As he had known my
father before leaving here, he ,talked
very freely to me.
There was abundant evidence about
his home that he has done well. He
spoke very freely about his leaving ,
here. I was- especially struck by his
recital of the worldly goods he carried
I witVi Jiim'unrm tViic niAmnn K1a frln
It consisted of a rifle, a hound dog.
a southern harmony, and a dollar in
money.. He was . evidently, satisfied
with the result.
Let every person who can attend
the" services. T. R. GRAY.
(Editor's Note: Dr. McConnell's
father was born in Macon county near
the mouth of Cartoogechaye 100 years
i ago this year and his grandfather is
buried in the family burial ground at
'Humphrey Posey and Rev, J. Kimsey
organized the Franklin Baptist church
102 years ago.) (
Tne car in which Mr. and Mrs. Fre3
Jacobs, Mr. Floyd Jacobs and a
young lady friend were riding on the
Georgia road. Sunday turned turtle
near the ,homevof Mr. C. A. Lowery,
The car was badly wrecked and the
occupants painfully though not -seri