FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1925
raws 1 mmi CROWD
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Accommodations in Town
and Adjacent Country are
LimitedEvery Effort to
Be Made to Care For All
Dr. F. C. McConnell arrived at
Franklin Thursday evening prepara
tory to conducting services 'fjo'mAu-'
gust 14 to 23 inclusive inthe great
gust 14 to 23 inculsive in the great
tabernacle just.off the Georgia road in
the southern' outskirts of Franklin.
. Dr. Geo. W. .Truett will arrive today.
While1 here Dr.. Truett , will be, the
guest of Mrand Mrs.' J. S, Trotter
while Dr. McConnell will stay at the
home of his brother, )Ar, S. E. Mc
Connell on Bonny' Crest.
" Rev. A. J. Smith, pastoi of the lo-
cal Baptist church, after months of
preparation, has everything in read
ines for the greatest religious meet
ing in the history of Franklin. His
untiring efforts to provide for the
comfort and welfare of the thousands
of visitors who- will come to hear
these two eminent divines have been
an inspiration to Franklin and parti
cularly to the members of the" Baptist
. church. The members of Rev. Smith's
church have loyally supported him in
this great undertaking. In fact the
entire population of Franklin regard
less of, creed, have lent-; him en
couragement and support. :' '
The housing accommodations in
Franklin and at nearby farm houses
, are" taxed almost to the limit. Should
others come totay during the entire
meeting every effort -.will bemade to
find, them places to sleep and to eat.
The great tabernacle erected under
the supervision of Rev. A. J. Smith
will seat : apprQx,i.m.ately i4000 people.
As we go to press indications ; point
to capacity audiences at the morning
and. evening services. Dr. McConnell
will nreach at 11 A. M. nd Dr, Truett
at 8 P. M. '; .
' A parking committee will have
charge of traffic at the tabernacle.
This committee has made definite
plans to handle the hurfdreds of cars
that will be in evidence a the meeting.
- , '.ommittee on hpsp'tMfty has-aoo
; b.-c;' rr pointed. Mr. Fred' H:?do.i
' clJii inan of this omw tee and,, will
: . kc h'1'. headquarten near the tabef
' Jiai'e. Thf.se with 'io r.o;n rcserva
ton- hould report to. Mr. Higdon
netr lie tabernacle for. assignment to
, ruvis. The local trooi of the loy
Sv, vr.,4 --vill be on hand to conduit
v.ors o the homjl or houij to
which .;hev. have been assigned.
Visitors coming by auto from the
vst jrc idvised to omc t" I' uiklu
by wav of Bryson City as thc'rwl
. fcetween Franklin and" D-ilsboro ,
dor ut Mruction. Fh : r. t bv ' -sii
Ciy .will lengthci. the journe',
- b lcsstl.an ah hotir.: ' ' .'
Franklin's business houses will be
closed during the meeting from 10 JO
A. M. to 12 noon, excepting Saturdays.
There will be a trained nurse in
charge of the ladies rest room.
A section of the tabernacle will be
reserved for colored people.
Dr., and Mrs. Truett were accom
panied by Jheir daughter. Miss Annie-'
salee ' Two pthfer ? daughters from,
tjnhbury, Va arev ilro C here with
their parents Mrs. Marion Truett
'. Gillian and Mrs. Jesse Truett Jones
whose husband is pastor of the First
Baptist church at Lynchburg.
Below is a letter that is being sent
out by Rev. A. J. Smith:
Dear Friend : The days are near at
liand for the beginning of the Truett"
McConnell meeting at Franklin, N. C.
Much publicity has been given to the
meeting and yet I find many questions
being asked. I am sending therefore,
this letter of general information to
as many as possible in all sections.
Some of it you know possibly all of
it. I shall be, glad if you will read it
for your own information and that
you may give the information to
others. If you know of someone who
wishes to know will you tell them or
pass the letter on to then).
Services . '
Date, August 14 to 23. Place frank
lin,' N. C.
Meeting Jo be held , in tabernacle
seating" 4000 with room for twice that
number in dense shade in good hear
ing distance. - '.; . "
Meeting begins Friday morning,
August 14 at eleven o'clock.
Dr. F. C. McConnell preaches each
morning at eleven o'clock. :
Dr. Geo. W. Truett preaches each
evening at eight o'loek.
Probably three services on Sunday
Dr. Truett preaching morning and
night, Dr. McConnell preaching after
noon. Announcement to be made
later. ) , ' .
Information bureau -on grounds.
Reservations can be made here. . Mr.
Fred Higdon in charge. Correspond
ence concerning reservations previous
to meeting should be addressed to
him or the pastor, A- J. Smith.
Pilots to homes, hotels or camping
A good number of home prepared
to take roomers, some free and others
at very, reasonable prices.
Beautiful camping sites.. We urge
as many as possible to avail them
selves of these camp sites. They are
near at hand.
Ample parking - space near taber-nacle-'Careful
,'Any Uck or crippled or old people
will be permitted to enter grounds
with car that they will not have to
walk. Privileges granted by. chief
parking officers. All other cars will
be parked from 100 to 300 yards from
Ladies rest room on g ounds. w
Tree' ipe water on grounds.
Lunch stand near at hand. Under
church supervision but net run by the
chrtrm.AVp haveTiotmng to- seH,):
N'cjv concrete highway to Georgia
state line. Open all the way.
Highway to Bryson City connecting
with No. V) good all the way.
Highway to Dillsboro connecting
with No. 10 partly under construction
Detours at each end fairly good.
Only 30 minutes longer to drive by
way of Bryson City over fine roads
all the way.
Two trains daily on Tallulah Falls
Railroad connecting with main line
of Southern at Cornelia, Ga. Arrive
at Franklin 1:30 and 6:00 P. M. '
All northeast Georgia roads good
Yours truly,, A. J. SMITH,
Pastor Franklin Baptist Church
Approximately 200 Present
At 74th Reunion A Few
' From the Far West Table
JR. ORDED ORPHAN
Elected to Tailors' Guild
W.S. Davis of Highlands has been
elected to membership in the Born
Tail ors Guijd,. a national association
ot master tailors, according to word
trom the headquarters of the organi
zation in Chicago.
GEORGIA ROAD OPEN
The concrete highway from Frank
lin to the Georgia line was open' to
through traffic last Tuesday. Tho
new desiring to reach Franklin from
the south wul have no detours win
North Carolina. , . y ,
On August 6th at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Sloan in East Frank-V
lin was held the 74th Reunion of the
prominent' Siler family of Macon
county. Each year for 74 years this
family has assembled at the home of
onej)f its members in Macon county
to renew acquaintanceship and to ex
change reminiscencis oj the days that
have passed. As the years have gone
by many members of the family have
passed over the river while others
have moved to distant places. But as
the time for the annual reunion ap
proaches those who are living and
who can possibly do so journey back
to the scenes of their childhood to
take part in these historic events.
Since .these reunions began, the
family has maintained an efficient or
ganization, including a prlsident, sec
retary and other necessary officials.
Mr. T. R. Gray, of Ellijay, has been
secretary for 53 years and his prede
cessor held this office for 21 years. ,
From time to time a history of the
Siler family is published and distrib
uted among its various members. The
latest edition of this history is now
in the hands "of the printer and will
soon be ready for distribution.
At the last reunion there were ap
proximately 200 members of the Siler
family present and about 30 guests
among whom were' Rev. E. J. Pipes,
Rev. and Mrs. J. Q.' Wallace, Rev. and
Mrs. W. M. Smith, Major and Mrs.
S.' A. Harris and others. n
Those"; of fhr -Silef -.family, -who
journeyed from far places to be pres
ent were Miss Ethel Siler of Randoe,
Wash., daughter of Mr. and -tMrs.
Judson Siler, Miss Louise Siler, also
of Rnadoe and daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Rufus Siler'; Mrs. Ellen Green
of, Lancaster, Texas, daughter of the
late Captain and Mrs. T. T. Siler and
her niece, Miss Mildred Mitchell also
of Lanraster; " Mr. and Mrs. R. J.
Roane and son, Sam, of Whittier;
Mr. Lyle Jones and family of Ashe
vtlle. aiid others whose names the re
porter did not, obtain.
Two long tables placed on the. lawn
under a spreading maple tree were
(loaded with good things to eat. There
were many evidences to the effect that
the guests and members of the Siler
family had been making preparations
for this meal b,y fasting for several
days. After an' hour's session at the
tables the regular business and social
meeting of the family was held. At
this meeting those who have married
into the Siler family since the previous
reunion are required to make a
speech. Last year Mr. Will Higdon
by some hook or crook got relieved
from making his speech. This ; year
he again got cold feet and left before
the speech making hour ai lived. Dur
ing the meeting many '.degiams from
absent members were rece'vtd. One
from Miss Harriet TfCennibrew who is
chii-nran of the bid rr.ar committer
read as follows: "Too bus hunting a
man to-atfend reunion."
As the shadwos of evening ap
proached . the reunion edjourned to
meet again next year.
Al present, including the guests who
were;1 honored : by being invited, ex
pressed themselves as, thoroughly en
joying the reunion.- r' .
Cornerstone for the branch orphan's
home now being erected by the Junior
Order of North Carolina at Lexing
ton, N. C, will . be laid Wednesday
afternoon, August J9th, at 2:30 o'clock
according to the program which has
just been ' announced The event
promises to be one of the most im
portant and largely attended in the
history of the Order jn this state.
Attended by members of the National
Council, who will tke an active part
in the exercises, and by hundreds of
Juniors from all sections of the Old
jMorth State, the event will be one of
more than passing interest and significance.
El. GEORGE W.. TRUITT ,
A big Hudson touring car evidently
used as a taxi with headquarters at
Canton was wrecked about 3 :00
o'clock Wednesday morning' at the
east end the the .-Little Tennessee
bridge-in Franklin. J The car hit the
oncrete bridge guard ' nad turned
turtle, landing in a ditch near- the
road.- These who have never seen a
complete wreck ought to , view the
remains of this taxi. The occupant
or occupants of the car disappeared
and the authorities here have been un
able, to learn their naej. - -'
Geological Party Passes
A party from the University, State
College, Elon arid Davidson passed
through Franklin last Friday studying
the geological formation of Western
North Carolina, mines, soil, etc. The
party was in charge of Dr. W. F.
Prouty of the University. Profs. W.
L. Porter of Davidson, W. B. Cobb of
N. C( State and T. E. Powell of Elon
were also making the trip as special
ists in their resective studies. Under
the leadership of these professors the
following named students from, the
various colleges mentioned were re
ceiving practical instruction in "the
studies scheduled for the trip: Fred
Prouty, I. L; Martin, H." M. Holmes,
S. D. Shearer, J. P. Pretlow, E.' L.
Wilcox; ). A. Whitaker, J. K Whit
ley, R. A. Reid, W. B. Jones and H.
S. Pendergraft. -
This party of fifteen were traveling
in a large touring car and a bus with
a camping outfit. They were behind
schedule three or four . days and left
late in the afternoon for Murphy.
; Dr. Prouty and Prof. Cobb express
ed their delight at being in Franklin
and regretted that lack of time pre
vented their remaining here for an
indefinite stay. However they plan
to return next year and spend some
weeks studying the mines and soils
of Macon. "
Parker is Wondering
Last Saturday Mr. Jim Rogers ap
proached Mr. Parker Moore and ask
for 50 cents contribution to be used to
work out the garden of a poor family
who lives near town. Mr. Moore
gladly contributed and commended
Mr. R,ogers for his interest in the wel
fare of the needy family.' When M,r.
Moore" arrived, at his home for dinner
he. found a man hoeing out his
(Moore's) garden. When Mr, Moore
asked the man who put him to work
there the man replied that Mr. Jim
Rogers had given him 50 cents to get
rid of the "weeds in that particular
The Bible Institute ' ,
Held at Highlands
During, the last week, beginning
with a union service on Sunday night,
August 2, Highlands has enjoyed a
wonderful and unique spiritual ex
perience in the shape of a Bible Insti
tute conducted by Mrs. Dora C. Perk
ins, graduate of the Moody Institute
at Chicago. -
Mrs. Perkins came to us by special (
invitation from the Community Club,
an organization that has recently ;
come into existence, . having ' at its
basic object the uplift of Highlands
in its community interests. We are
glad to note that this club recognizes
the' great need for spiritual enlight
enment as well as mental and physi
cal training and we are sure that all
who took advantage of the remark-'
able series of Bible studies that Ms.
Perkins so ably and beautifully gave ,
us will agree that the club made no
mistake in its selection' of a teacher.
We may4 perhaps be able to recall
only a few of the words spoken by '
Mrs. Perkins but we can never" forget
her devotion, strong faith, and firm
belief in "the word of God which is
Me to make us wise unto salvation."
Many of us wera filled with a desire
to study "our Bible and learn more pf
the love of God that is past under
standing that it could make such a
great and sarificial plan of salvation. ,
To some, it was a revelation that
Christ, in the words of Mrs. Perkins,
"ran as' a silver thread throughout
the ntire Bible." Because we have ,
not been able to trace Him in the Md
Testament but have Considered it as
a mere matter of history and therefore
dull and uninteresting, that particular
part of the Biblehas been. sadly neg
lected. However, - after listening to
Mrs. Perkins -who at no time departed .,
from the Word, .being able to quote
passage after passage jn proof of her'
statements we saw Christ in the en
tire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
If time and space would only allow
we might go on telling of this re
markable week filled as it has been "r " ' "
with such rich blessings, but we can
only say in closing that we pray God's
1 ; .best blc tsing upon this gifted teach
er and that she may be spared a long
and useful life in the service of the
To the Community Club m general '
and Mrs. S. T. Marett und'Mis'sHar S.
ryin particular we extjnd tl anks for J1
the great treat that they have made it
possible for us to enjoy. How we
hope that their plans for a longer
inatitu e may materialize next sum
mer. , '
Town Offers to Buy Lines
, Last Tuesday the town board passed
a resolution offering to buy the lines
of the Franklin Light & Power com
pany at a price set by an expert ap
praiser, this appraiser to be manually
agreeaDte to Dotn town ana the com
pany. The resolution granted .the
Franklin Light & Power company 48
hours from 12 o'clock Tuesday night
to accept or reject the oSit.i There
new appears to be no possibility that
the town board will agree to sell cur
rent to the Franklin Light & Power
company for distribution fo the citi
zens of the town. In the event that
the company rejects the offer of the
town . the- board .will doubtless . build
municipal lines on the - streets ,.iof
Franklin. , .1-:
DR. F. C. McCONNELL