KEY CITY OF Trifc MOUNTAIN
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1928.
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DEEDS OF STflART
House Clieer as Stedman
Relates Deeds of Famous
of Rebel Yells of Old.
'. Washington, Feb, 6. Representative
Charles M. Stedman made a brief
but excellent speech on Major Ue
cral J. E. B.' Stuart, commander of
'the Caa!iy of the army of Northern
Virginia todayv He spoke to an in
terested aod intelligent audience in
the galleries' and on the floor of the
house, lhe occasion was tne- Dirtn-
Aiit rvf f!io nroat PnnfpiWatp fiehter;
' Among those who came here to, hear
Mr. Stedman , were his daughter Mrs.
Palmer and her daughter, Miss. Kath
erine Palmer, of Greensboro. ;
"It is not my purpose to give in de
tail the great events which -(vill ever
be connected with his .name and
which cast a halo of renown and glory
iipon his life," said Mr. Stedman. "It
would be idle; for me 'to attempt to
do- so of the brief time to which I
must restrict myseu. v-nanceuors-ville,
Brandy station and Gettysburg
will ever recall the fields of his re
nown. . ,
"Nor can I call to your attention
those great qualities, wrich formed
the basis of his character and which
will forever ' perpetuate 1 his fame.
But my heart prompts me on this,
his birthday, to express my admira
tion for a man whose memory 1 shall
ever cherish, whose life was one of
unsurpassed courage, of unexcelled
heroism,, Of rare self denial a life
without stain and rtvitnout" reproach."
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Mr. Stedman pointed out tnai .a
"promise made to , his (Staurt's)
mother, that he would never taste in
toxicating drinks was kept ' faithfully
to his death, and no one 'who ever
followed his banner ever heard him
utter an oath upon any battle field
of his renown.". ' - .
In, part he added: - ' " .
' 'Thc traveler from distant lands
who has the good fortune to visit
that 'section of Virginia locatel in
"..VmI! n.-,A PntrSotr' cnimtivo anrt that
Vsdlll'ii aim l aLiiwn v. . . . -,
section of North Carolina lying in
Surry county will be greeted by a
j vision of rare beauty, which ever
charms and delights. vHere nature is
arrayed in her most gorgeous apparel
inviting rest and repose. Dense 'for
. csts cover the landscape. . Here the
'mocking bird and thrush undisturbed,
make their home anl fill the air with
their morning song of happiness and
contentment. ; '
"In. Patrick county, Virginia,; at a
, place . canea j-aurei nm hui icmuic
from the' North Carolina line, on Feb.
6, 1833, was born Major General J.
E. B. Stuart, Commander of the Cav
alry' of the army of : Northern Vir
ginia, anl here he passed 'the days of
his boyhood. .
' , DUUaguishef Family ' v
"His ancestry on both his father's
and his mother's side was distinguish
ed. His father, the honorable Arch
ibald Stuart of Patrick county, Vir
ginia, was an officer in the United
States army during the war of 1812.
He was a man of splendid, ability,
. i i y ..... i Ti:ti i.
iia nad tne connaencc, respect ami
, affection of all the people amongst
whom he lived. His mother, Eliza
beth Letcher Pannill,. was a woman
of rare accomplishments. She was
the Center of attraction in the high
social circles in which she moved,
"As a military commander he had
all the qualities requisite for success
As commander of Cavalry he had no
superior, jand few equate, if any. in
either army. ; General Sedgwicty,: an
officer of high repute in the army ot
the Unjted States, said: "Stuart is
the best cavalry officer ever, born in
North America." v - - '"'
"During the ' war between ' the
states in the two campaigns most
lisastrous to the federal armythat
of General McCleJlan in his attempt
to ; capture Richmond, and that of
r:nora1 Pnne . h contributed larirelv'
to tlie final result. He made the en
tire circuit of both. armie9 and fur
nished information of thc-highest im
pbiance to confederate heaJquartefs.
Military critics have pronounced the
battle of Chancellorsvillc the most
brief of the many victories won by
General Robert E. Lee. When his
inferiority in numbers and the fact
that the Federal troops were driven
from their entrenchments are consid
rA ctatpmrnt is orobablr cor
rect. It ha been calWd the tactical
masterpiece ' of the nineteemn cen
tury.. -: . . .
, , - Trutel
r''Ti.ia.i,ittlfl(l n-ill vpr he hlond-
Lockhart ' and His Scotch
Lassies in Music, Songl
and Story Will Entertain
Franklin Foks. ;
Who is there whose face' does not
brighten at the sight of the borihie
kilts and plaids, and whose h art does
not stir to the (lilting melodies of the
stalwart Scot.' '
We may not all have had the priv
ilege of hearing the' famous John Mc
Cormack and Sir tiarry ' Lauder, but
the patrons of 'the local Lyceum
course this season may see and hear
some of their well khowji songs, .'for
J. Coates Lockhart and' His Scotch
Lassies are splendid interpreters of.
the best in Scottish music,,-foetry
and comedy. , '..'fV; ' ,.-
' Besides being a native of Scotland
and one of the very' best of Scotch
entertainers, a friend of Sir Harry
Lauder, and co-interpreter with him
of the inimitable Scotch songs f and
stories, Mr. Lockhart is a concert
tenor of real ability, refutation and
experience. , He has sung with .the
Henry W. Savage Grand Opera com
pany, the Grau Savage company, at
the Metropolitan, New York and the
Hogarth Opera company of London.
He also toured the wond as a soloist
with the famous Kilties Band. --
Mr. Lockhart is a complete program
in himself, in his Scotch and Irish
songs and ballads, his delicious jokes
yarns, quips, and whimsicalities that
keep the audience convulsed . with
laughter, but for grcataer variety he
is accompanied by three charming
yotfng women who lend color and
volume to the program by the intro
duction of piano, violin and saxaphone
music. ' . ' "
This company will appear in Frank
lin Mbiiday February 15th at 7:30
p. m. at the Courthouse.
ed with the name and fame Of Major
General J. E. B. ""Stuart. When Gen
eral A. P. Hill was wouuded, General
Stonewall Jackson, upon that field of
his renown, gave the last military or
der ever issued by himself for Gen
eral Stuart. Tell General Stuart to
act upon, his own judgment. ' I have
implicit confidence in him."'
General Lee also sent a message to
General Stuart to assume .Command.
He had gone toward Elly's Ford
when the message reached him," he
rode rapidly to the scene of conflct.
The ' battle of Chancellors ville was
brought on by the superior strategy
of General Lee, but the result on that
battlefield was due largely to the dar
ing and skill of Major General Stuart.
He rode in front 'of the Confederate
forces, shouting and singing, "Ofd
Joe Hooker, will you come out of the
wilderness," there came . back ' the
response, "Wc will drivel Old- Joe
Hooker out of the wilderness' ' His
hcroiCv conduct created the "wildest en
thusiasm, and the cheers which greet
ed hini could beheard .above the rat
tle ofmusketry and the thunder of
artillery. - " :' "
"Stuart It There"
, "The face of General Lee lighted up
with1 a certainty of success as he lis
tened , to the -cheers, and he said.
'General-Stuart is there, .No force
can stop him. The battle is wont'
"Major General Stuart was mortal
ly wounded at Yellow Tavern about
eight miles from the city Tof Rich
mond, state of Virginia on the 11th
day of May, 1864j and on the. next
day his mighty spirit went tfo a. final
rest, rejoicing in the triumph and
faith of the Christian religion.1 ''His
death' brought sincere, and -prof und
sorrow to. the brave of every, land.
Jle is burried in th city of Richmond
amidst the people he loved so well, in
whose behalf he had displayed
boundless activity ,and hetoism . un
surpassed When his death was an
nounced td General Robert E. Lee
that great i commander saicL "I can
Scarcely think of him without weep
ing." Ararat river, upon whose banks
he-bad played in his early daysto
the melody of those rippling laughing
watefs he had so often listened with
joy and delight will ' ever sing his
reqiem. His name will be respected
and honored in every land where pa
triotism and .- moral . herois'iyu had a
' "Fortunate is the nation and- exalted
will be its destiny which can furnish
to the world such a model for emu
lation as 'that portrayed in the char
acter of Major General J. E. B.
At the conclusion of the speech the
merrfbers of the house rose as one
man and cheered with great enthu
siasm. Ahheville Ci'izen. ' v
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Mr. Tom Porter Claims $23,
080 Damages and Mr.
Moore $15,000 Property
Damaged by Water Claim.
Mr. J. T. Moore has entered suit
againstrthe town for $15,000 damages
because ffood waters of the lake cover
a portion of his farm.
Some time ago the town started
condemnation proceedings, with the
idea in view 'of condemning the lands
of Mr. T. W. Porter; which are, or
will" be, covered with , back waters
from the municipal dam. In his re
ply to these proceedings, Mr. Porter
claims damages of$1000 per acr for
17 acres just below the -Franklin
bridge. He likewise claims $3,500
damages from the sewer line and $2,
500 damages for a -water power he
"claims existed before covered by the
waters of the lake. In demanding a
total of $23,000 damages Mr. -Porter
prays that the town be required to
remove the daih and if this bevnot
feasible, then to lower the water in
the lake go as to, remove vthe causes
for damages. '
Clerk. F. I, Murray has appointed
as a jury in this case, Messrs. Frank
Moody, C.-A. Lowry and A. J. Evans.
Whatever the decision of this jury
may be it is presumedthat an appeal
will be taken to the superior court.
The law firm of Horn, Patton &
Poindexter represent Mr. Porter,
while the interest of the town is in
the hands of R. D. Sfek, city attorney.
GOOD ROADS IN
Over Four Thousand Mile$ Embraced
in Highway Systeyti Roads Main
tained Under County Supervision
Would Increase Totals.
Raleigh, Feb. 7.-01 a total of 4,443.
04 miles of highway,, comprising -the
state highway system, .work on 1,544.
87 miles was completed during 1925,
figures compiled by projects com
pleted during 1925 were started in
years before that. '
The figures show that in the year
1925, tae state spent. $27,827,055 to
complete 1,544.87 miles of various
types of highways and bridges, this
total representing 'about 1-3 of the
total amount spent since the present
program ' was inaugurated. The total
spent on roadvvrok since the estab
lishment of the: Highway commission
as now cctstituted ia $79,042 17.1 cn
l.ig.iways and $3,158,781 on bridges
At the present -time there are pro
jects totalling 816.54 miles under con
struction which when completed will
represent a total expenditure, of $14,
Mr. Witherspoon's figures . show
that' North, Carolina now has 813.
66 miles of cement concrete highway
which cort $27,813,815; 557.82 miles of
asphaltic concrete costing $1822,057;
165.07 miles saiid asphalt costing $2,
778,803 ; 286.71 mifcs penetration ma
cadam at a cost of $6,072,818 ; 9.50
miles brick valued at $233,180; 1,465
miles s&nd clay top soil roads costing
$13,587,37?; 360.01. miles gravel ; high
ways costing $3,521,231 and 789.7
rrnics graded roads costing $6,812,890.
In addition the system includes
bridges valued at $3,158,781.
This system ofhighways embraces
ov ly those designated as state high
ways and does not include a number
of hard-surfaced, and improved roads
under " county supervision. These
county roads would considerably, in
crease", the figures 'of all grades of
roadway. Charlotte Observer.
MR. ALMAZOV PLEASED
Mr. W. D. Almazov and Miss So
phie Albert, owners of the Onteora
Estates, are very much delighted with
the news contained in last week's
Pess to the effect that the govern
ment will build a bridle trail from
the top of Trimont Mountain near
Franklin to the top of Wayah Bald.
As stated last week, this trail will
connect at Wayah Bald witlt 50 miles
of government trail penetrating all
parts of ' the Nantahala mountains,
The Trimont-Wayah trail will pass
through Wolf Pen gap and Poplar
Cove, gap thus skirting for two or
three miles the land3 included in the;
Onteora 'Estates. 'When this trail is
completed about July 1st, those fond
of riding will have at their disposal
CO miles or more of trails through
some of tlie finest scenery 'in all the
southland.' ' i "
GRAM) RALLY AT
THE COtlRT HOUSE
Local Park Committee Calls
Meeting for Feb. 15- J. G.
Stikeleather, J. C K. Mc
Clure Among Speakers.
One 1 of the greatest rallies ever
scheduled in Madbn county is plan
ned for Friday, February 12, at the
court house, at 2:30 p. m., when prom
inent speakers from Macon and other
counties in the western part of the
state will address the assembled mul
titude on the proposed national park
in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Mr. James G. Stikeleather, chair
man of the park committee for this,
district will be one, of the principal
speakers. Mr. Jaoies G. K. McClure,
president o f the Farmers Federation
of Buncombe county, will also speak
upon the' advantages of the proposed
park to the farmers of Western
The establishment of this park is
of vital interest to every man, woman
ancjt child in Macon county. The
park wi,li furnish a market for. all
kinds of farm produce, it will in
crease the value of all lands in this
part of the state, it will bring an es
timated fcum of $100,000,000, to. West
ern North Carolina-each year from
the tourist. Consequently, it is hoped
that Macon county will turn out in
full force to hear arguments in favor
of the park. Present indications point
to the possibility of one of the big
gest crowd ever assembled in Frank
lin. Macon county cannot afford to be
a slacker in this great movement.
Come i. to' this meeting' whether you
intend to contribute or not. The
meeting will afford each one the op
portunity of seeing, friends from all
parts of - this section.
" Friday, the 12th, will be a great day
for Macon county.
FRANKLIN P.-T. A.
The Parent-Teacher association met
at the school house last Friday after
noon. There were only 24 persons
present,, including the teachers. There
are 62 members enrolled. This is
certainly a very poor showing. Sure
ly the members of the Association
should take enough interest in the
work being done to attend the meet
ings, more regularly.. Many are be
hind, with their dues, and it is ab
solutely 'necessary that these be taken
care of if the Association is to do
The entertainment, or -which the
leading feature was a debate be
tween the Lanier and S. S. S. Soci
eties, was very enjoyable. , The
speakers showed marked ability and
careful preparation. It is hoped that
there will be a better attendance "at
the next meeting. , .V .
The members are all urged to be
ortscnt at the meetinjar to be held the
first Friday in March at the school
house. . ,
Coming Coming! Coming! !
As announced in lastfweek's Press
thTre will be a debate at, the Court
house on Thursday night, February
18, at 8 o'clock. ,
The subject will be : "Resolved,
that, the church: should provide more
amusements, social activities and ath
letic "exercises for the young people.
This is a live question, and is one that
ifce churches of today;must face and
answer whether they wish to or not,
Youth U ' clamoring for recognition
and age ' is retorting with the argu
ment that things have already gone
too far. The question is a liva one
.ind you ran promise'yourself that the
anrinnent will be a warm one.
The affirmative will be upheld by
C C. i'otidexter and Geo. B, Patton.
whit-: the negative will be upheld by
E. S. Galloway and J. Frank Ray, Jr.
John The mas will preside.
Everyone is invited and all Reds
and Purples5 are especially requested
to be thre and support their respec
tive, team. ' ' .
No admission will be charged and
no collection will bet taken. , -
Meet; . your friends at the court
house, 8 o'clock, : Thursday m'ght,
Mr. Walter Hunnicutr, .1 orominciit
photographer of TallulaS Falls, Ga.,
and brother of Mr. E. S. Honnicutt of
I'anklin, was here a few days last
week faking views of various moun
tain scenes for use of teal , estate
averts in Franklin. ' 1
40,000 ACRES IS
Prominent Men Form Syn-
dicate and Purchase Gi
gantic Area Faces on
' Main Line of Railway.
Purchase of over 40,000 acres of
land on Forney's and Hazel creeks
in Swain county for a consideration
in the neighborhood of $550,000, was
announced - yesterday by David L.
Strain, prominent real estate devel
oper, who has just returned from a
trip to the Middle West, 'where he
completed negotiations for the land.
Associated with Mr. Strain.in the
purchase of this property are: L. B
Jackson. Frank .0. Barber, James G.
K. McClure, Jr., Charles E. Hughes,
Dr. R. G. Scruggs, Patrick H. Branch,
BernardElias, and others. '
Of the 40,000 odd acres, 21,079
acres on the watershed- of Hazel
creek were purchased from the Wil
liam Ritter Lumber company, of Co
lumbus, Ohio, and ' 19,000 acres on
Forney's creek were secured from the
Norwood Lumber company.1 The deal
was handled through S. G. Bernard,
attorney of this city, for the William
Ritter Lumber company.
L Though no definite plans have been
announced, it is understood that the
owners of the property contemplate
an extensive development program,
the cost running into a high figure.
Fine Lands '
The 40,000-acre tract constitutes
some of the finest mountain lands to
be found in the Eastern part of the
United States. The combined tract
is among the last of the large lumber
operations and the location and sur
roundings make the property one of
the most coveted larger bodies of
land in- Western North Carolina.
The lands face on the main line of
the Southern Railway from Ashcville
to Murphy, and the Smoky Mountain
roilroad passes through a major por
tion of the property. The Southern
Railway branch frOm Bushnell passes
close to a large part of the land. The
new state highway from Bryson City
to the Tennessee line passes through
the property and the accessibility of
the entire tract is all that can be de
sired. Automobile roads' traverse a
Targe portion of the property,
j The tract is about 20 miles square
hnd includes 125 miles of some of the
finest trout fishing streams to be
found in Eastern America,
' The holdings, inside the newly pur
chased ,area include the larger portion
of the towns, of Forney and Proctor.
The purchase includes 120 residences,
club houses, hotels, water works, elec
tric lighting systems, stores and other
buildings. A number of churcres are
close at hand.:
While a greater portion, of. the
property has been cut over, there are.
many thousands of acres of virgin,
timber.' The deal reserves aH uncut
timber and the parties are to vacate
the premises' at the earliest possible
date and no more timber is to be cut
or removed. .
In regard to the attitude of the
syndicate toward the, Great Smoky
Mountains National Park proposal,
Mr. Strain said it would be the policy
at all times te cooperate with the
Park Commission, There are about
25,000 acres of the land within the
proposed park area. .
Mr. Strain and some of his associ
ates are developers on a large scale
and are interested , in a number of
projects in Asreville and this section.
Sir. Strain is now interested in a num
ber of business property improvements
in this city, besides being one of the
owners and developers . of Beverly
Hills, adjoinin'g the new municipal
golf course, and Sequoyah Hills.
Knoxvillc.-Tenn. He is f ' so interest
ed in a numbet of water ' front prop
erties between Wilmingti . and Nor
folk, Va. along; the new inland water
way from the North to the South.
Mr. Straiii is a native of Texas.and
located in North Carolina in 1919. He
has been instrumental in the develop
ment of many large teal estate hold
ings in this stay.--Asheville Citizen.
Word has just been received in
Franklin that the Sophomore class at
North Crolina College for women has
elected Miss Virginia Sloan as presi
dent for the semester of the present
college year: Miss Sloan ! is one of
Franklin's mds,t popular young ladies
and the fact tkat she has been chosen
president of her class is not surpris
ing to hv many friends here who
have long recognized her ability and
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