KEY CM" OF THE MOUNTAINS
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1926.
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Brief Items of Interest from
Macon's Pretty Mountain
City as Told by Corres
pondent of The Press.
The Highlands Tea Room, which is
being operated by Misses Agnes Mcd
Jock and Pearl Walker, of Honea
Path, S. C, will have its formal open
ing on Saturday, June 12th. A chick
en dinner will he the special attrac
tion. This Tea Room is located over
G. W., Marett's store. Those wish
ing dinner may register in G. W. Mar
ett's store. .
Mr. J. Q. Pierson and his son, Wil
liam, left last week for a short visit
to Charleston, S...C, and other points
Mr. I. L. Harris of Havana, Cuba,
visited his sister, Miss Rebecca Bar
ds, here a few days last week on his
way home from N. Y. City.
Rev. Robb White, Jr., rector of St.
Thomas church in Thomasville, Ga.,
conducted the' services at the Episco
pal church hero Sunday.
Lindcnwood Lake will open the
tenth. Picnickers are always wel
Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Ragland and
son, Rucker, of Miami, Fla., are at
Highlands Inn, and will spend the
Miss Sarah Giddcr of Birmingham,
Ala., has arrived and will have charge
of a tea room in connection with
Mr. and Mrs. A. Franklin Pugh, of
New Orleans, La., are here and have
the Harris cottage for the season.
, Judge and Mrs. William Bell of
New Orleans, will arrive Thursday.
The Warren cottage will be their
home for the summer.
Mrs. J. C. Lyons and daughter of
New Orleans, will arrive Friday, for
a. visit to Mr. and Mrs. Sloan.
Mr. T. P. Anderson and family of
Lakeland, Fla., are at their new home
oil Lindenwood Lake and will spend
the summer months there.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DuBignon and
-daughter, of Miami, are here for the
summer. They are making prepara
tions to move into their new home
on Raul road.
Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, of Miami,
are here for the summer.
Dr. Mary E. Lapham, Mrs. . Edith
Dougall and daughter, have' returned
from St. Augustine, Fla., where they
have been spending the winter and
will be at their home here for the
Col, J, Lamb .Perry of Charleston,
S. G, arrived a few. days ago and is
greeting his many friends here.
Mrs. W. S. Davis and Miss Rachel
Davis entertained quite a number of
friends one afternoon last week at a
tea party, honoring Mrs. Warner P.
Davis, Mrs. A. 1). Bolton, Mrs. W. W.
Mitchell and Mrs. W. G. Steele.
Dr. 0. lO. Feaster and Mr. J. S.
Alien with their families are here for
the summer. .Both, are moving' into
their new homes.
Mrs. E. R. Gilbert, chairman .of the
Highlands chapter of the American
Red Cross has returned' from Atlan
tic City and Washington where she
attended the American, Health Con
gress and' Pan-American Conference
of Red Cross societies. Mrs. Gilbert
says that thousands of health work
crs assembled in Atlantic City to the
first American Health Congress,
pledging allegiance to a common pur
pose,-a common ideal, a common goal
. the betterment of human well-being
through health. For a week, six
-or more lectures were given daily on
health , and social work by members
. of - the teaching - staff - of Harvard,
Yale, Columbia, and other institutions
of learning, while scores of health
and social workers from over this
country and' Europe awaited their
turn on the program to speak. Mrs.
Gilbert refers to the Pan-American
Conference of Red Cross Societies as
being highly educational and inspira
tional. She says that it has as its
purpose "the promotion of health,
the prevention of disease and the mi
tigation of suffering throughout the
world." This is the second Pan
American Red Cross Conference ever
held. We are proud to have sent a
representative from the Highlands
Red Cross Chapter to these meetings.
MR. FLETCHER BUYS
Mri F. W. Fletcher of Durham, N.
C, has purchased from Mr. Martin
Jones, 27 acres on the Georgia road
"lying about two miles from town.
Before coming here Mr. Fletcher vis
ited several other' small towns in the
western part of the state, but says
that Franklin pleases him much bet
ter than any place he has seen in the
mountains. Mr. Fletcher left this
week for Durhrm with the intention
of returning later in the summer.
Meetings Held This Week
To Discuss Dairy Industry
Franklin, N. C, June 3, 1926.
The time has come in the agricul
tural development and the increasing
land values when we should look well
to the improvement of our livestock
especially our milk cows.
The manager of the Carolina
Creamery told me yesterday that he
was rushing the machinery and equip
ment here so that butter making
could be - started at FYanklin in a
short time probably two weeks:
This will give us a good market for
all the cream that we can produce in
The shipping of cheaply produced
frozen beef from South America and
the constantly increasing demand for
ice cream, cheese, milk and butter
has caused keeping of dairy cattle to
be much more profitable on most
farms in this section than the keeping
of beef cattle.; In order that we may
learn more about tin: possibilities for
making money by keeping1 dairy cat
tle and make some plans for getting
a good purebred bull for your com
munity, I want to ask you to come
to one of the meetings, listed below :
Younce's store at 10 a. m., June 7.
C. T. Ray's store at 2 p. in., June 7.
Tellico school house at 10 a. m.,
June 8. ' '
Morgan's store at 1 p. m., June 8.
'Carey Hall's store at 4 p. m June 8.
Newman's store at 10 a. m., June 11.
Otto Depot at 1 p. m., June 11.
Some dairy, specialists have prom
ised to be present to talk to you at
B. W. Bleckley and. J. D. Kelly,
from the Southern Railway agricul
tural department, are assisting in
holding these meetings.
With best wishes, I am,'
Very trulv vours,
JOHN V. ARRENDALE,
The next cooperative car of poultry
is to be loaded at Franklin on June 23,
and at Otto, Dillard, and Clayton on
For the convenience of those who
will have fryers that will be too large
at the sale on June 23. arrangements
will be made to make an express
shipment on June 9, provided County
Agent Arrendale is notified of the
number of fryers to be shipped in
time to order coops.
Owing, to the heavy shipments of
mature poultry early in the year and
the scarcity of fryers, it was found
to be unwise and impractical to try
to ship a car on June 9, as had been
planned before the Habersham Coun
ty 'agent ceased to cooperate in sell
ing poultry. :". v
There probably will be more' than
enough ipoultry to load one car of
poultry 'on June 23. "
Be sure to list your poultry with.
County Agent Arrendale, before
Thursday night, June 17th, so that he
can order the second car if too many
are listed for one car.. If you neg
lect to do this you may have to carry
your poultry back home. List your
poultry and a card will be given Or
Pleasant Home Inn Opened
Last Saturday Mr, and Mrs. W. r
Tritt, Owners and managers of Pleas
ant Home Inn, formerly the Morrison
school property, opened their estab
lishment for the season by inviting a
few guests out for dinner. Among
those who attended the dinner were
Miss Hattie Peek,. Mr. Roy Carpen
ter, Mr. F. Y. McCracken and others.
All greatly enjoyed the repast and are
high in their praises of the hospitality
of Mr. and Mrs. Tritt. It is reported
that Mr. McCracken in particular did
justice-to the "food " having" disposed
of 10 pieces of chicken, an even dozen
biscuits and other good things in pro
portion. Mr. and Mrs. Tritt have' completely
remodeled the main building, are now
installing a Dcleo lighting system and
contemplate other improvements. The
Press joins the citizens of the entire
county in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Tritt
a successful season. - , "
SERVICES AT ST. AGNES
Rev. E. J. Pipe, rector. Services as
Holy Communion (except first Sun
day of month), 8:00 a: m.
Church school, (R. D. Sisk, super
intendent), 10 a. m.
Morning prayer and sermon, 11 a. in
Vespers, 5 p. m.
First Sunday of month Holy Com
munion, 11 a. m.
Holy days, 10 a. m.
The St. Agnes Guild meets at the
rectory the first Thursday , of each
The tennis court and playground is
for the use of the whole community.
We want you to make this church
IS DREAMED IN
WESTERN N. C.
Franklin Promises to Pay Expenses
From Light Plant But Can it. be
Done? "Public Service" Claims
Such a Plan Unjust to Some.
(From Public Service.)
Lord bless these dreamers of
dreams! The world needs them for
dreams are often the auguries of won
derful realities. But sometimes dreams
are mere fantasies and the reality is
an awful jolt. , -
Over in Macon county, North Car
olina, somebody is dreaming the rosi
est of dreams. , They are about to
have a "tax-free town."
A staff correspondent of the Ashe
ville Citizen has visited the town of
Franklin in Macon county and here
in part is what he has to say:
' "How would you like to live in a
town with all modern conveniences,
health-giving climate and scenic won
ders, with no tax to pay?
"Such a town is within the borders
of Western North Carolina, and when
the present program is consummated
not more than four years from now,
a tax-free town will be a reality.
"The town of Franklin, county seat
of Macon county, lias gone into the
power business as a municipal, enter
prise, and herein lies the reason for
the tax advertisement)
No taxes to pay! Sounds- almost
like heaven. But can it be done?
Let's suppose the town of Franklin
goes at "this matter in a very careful,
business-like way,, budgeting the town's
expenses and charging . just enough
for its electric power to create a
profit fund to pay all those expenses.
The. town, admittedly, has goyern
nient'expenses to meet; taxes are usu
ally levied to sufficient amount to
meet those . expenses. But Franklin
deejdes to levy no tax ; il pays gov
ernment expenses from the. electric
power, profit fund. Analyzed, does
not that profit' fund constitute, a tax
levy just as if it had been' raised, by
of the usual methods?
City government expenses are paid
by somebody; when those funds are
raised by the usual .- methods every
citizen is taxed. Bin Franklin pro
poses to tax onlv a part of her people.
It is' not to be assumed that every
citizen in Franklin is a user of elec
tricity. John Jones, for instance,
uses $10 worth of electricity a month;
his neighbor,-Sam Smith,, uses. none.
What is the result? John Jones is
paying into the electric . light profit
fund and Sam Smith is paying; noth
ing. John Jones is paying his own
part of "the city government expense
and Sa.nl Smith is paying nothing.
And again; suppose' Franklin's big
gest drug store has an electric light
bill every month amounting to $50 ami
its next door neighbor, a mercantile
establishment that never stays open
after dark, has a bill amounting to $2
a month.. Mr. Drug Store man pays
taxes in a ration of 25 to 1 as com
pared with the merchant.
No! Franklin will not be a tax-free
town ; it may try the experiment of
raising its taxes through electric light
bills. It may delegate its power plant
as the town tax collector and it may
succeed thereby in raising all its taxes.
But, if it does, it will establish an un
fair and an unequitable, system; it
will, deal unjustly with ALL its citi zens,
for taxes should be levied, in
justice and equality.
John's Trial Approaches
' At four-o'clock next Saturday will
take place one of the most important
and noted trials in the-history of the
county, when Mr, John Thomas is
brought to the bar ' of. justice charged
with 'keeping a scrub bull. This' trial
will take place at the new creamery
and is expected to attract a large con
gregation who are interested in thf
improvement of. the dairy cattle of
the county. Of course hcre are ma'nv
in the county who believe that John
has committed no offense, that a cow
is a cow and that all this talk of thor
oughbred bulls in nothing but a lot of
bunk. However, accordine to reports,
a great majority of the citizens of the
county have seen the light of a new
and better day for the farmers of the
county. Sihcc the creamery is now a
reality these citizens realize that' the
strain of cattle must be improved in
order to reap the full benefits of the
new creamery. Consequently these
men and women will be on hand to
see that iuslico is done tr th nvn
who is charged with the heinous of
fense of keening a scrub bull. It is
not known what defense Mr. Thomas
plans, but all men know that he is
quite ingenious and that his defense
will be a masterpiece of wit, ridicule
and scorn. Those -who miss this trial
will miss the bfist show ever held in
the county. .
Thing3 of Interest at
The Methodist Church
The morning service on Sunday at
the Methodist church was character
ized by a spirit of unusual earnest
ness and power by the pastor, Rev.
B. C. Reavis, as he discussed God's
love and sympathy for his children a
manifested through his son, Jesus
Christ, and the sympathetic attention!
of the congregation was also very ev
ident. Jesus' friendship for humanity was
stressed and it was shown that friend
ship is one of the most precious and
beautiful things that ever blessed
mortal man, even the imperfect and
broken ties of earthly friendship, and
by comparison how infinitely superior
is the friendship of one infinite in
love and sympathy, wisdom and. good
ness, though friend who is the same
yesterday, today and forever.
Mr: Reavis said "friendship Js love
in action," and according to that defi
nition, Christ was indeed a true friend
to man, ever busy with deeds of love
and mercy to those about him ; that
his friendship Was manifested by
sacrifice and suffering and that we.'
too, must' be willing to sacrifice and
suffer here for the upbuilding of his
kingdom of love and righteousness, if
we would in the least be worthy of
such priceless friendship.
He also said that Christ yearned
for the sympathetic- understanding
love of man, that he might work out
through him God's great and loving
purpose for the world.
In his hours' of weariness and lone
liness he often turned his steps' to
ward the home of Joseph and sought
the gentle ministrations of Martha
and Mary; that in the garden of
Gcthsemanc he sought not .the com
fort and sympathy of angels, but of
his disciples and realizing their lack
of interest and sympathy,' his.' disap
pointment burst forth in the heart
broken, words : "Could ye not-watch
with me oil'" hour?" ,' '.
Mr. Reavis said God exhausted the
church saying "he needs youy he de
pends on you for. that sympathetic
through our lives, of his friendship
a n d . understanding interpretation,
that will draw all' men into a' loyal
and 'lasting friendship with God the
Father, and Christ the Son." .
Mr. Reavis said God exhausted the
great storehouse of glory in order to
manifest His friendship and care for
man, and that sin. in the white light
of the cross, becomes hateful, hid
eous and terrible, and that We should,
be constrained by such self-sacrificing
love to put away sin, so displeasing
to this' dearest -of ah friends and give
Him. loving 'and loyal friendship.
The Lord's Supper was administer
ed at the close of the service to a very
large number of the congregation,
who in-this way testified their loyalty
aiid friendship for Jesus-.
. At the, evening hour, . Mr, -Reavis
preached the first .of a series, of scrf
mons on "Playing the Game of Life,"
He took for his first subject : "Using
What. You Have' . '. '
His sermon wajj based on. the story
of the healing of the lame man at tlv
gate of the temple called Beautiful.
Peter's words to the lame man, ask
ing alms of him, "Silver and gold have
I none, , but such as 1 have give I
thee," were used as the text. -
Mr. Reavis said that while , money
had a very necessary place in the
world, it was not the .most valuable
thing that too often men's social po
sition was fixed by what he was
worth in' dollars and cents, but- that
o.ften a man with none of this world's
goods was worth more to the. 'world
than many millionaires, who. put
money first in; their lives.
Peter had no gold. but . he. gave this
afflicted man something far more val
uable'. - .
Peter, was only a Galilean fisher
man," with no social. "-position f lie ' was
a man w'hhout educational advan
tages. " Many in his position would
have fe-1-'. "thcrc-'is nothing that I can
do" and been content with simply do
ing no harm, but not the bold, enthu
siastic, aggressive Peter.. He. was' a
positive' character, using the talents
and opportunities God had given him
to the very best advantage. His hand
was always the open hand, the help-'
ing hand, and Mr. Reavis thought
there could lie nothing more beautiful
than the open hand extended to help
and bless. "'
Peter had the power to inspire hope
and faith in th's poor,' hopeless crea
ture, and lift him out of the depths
of despair into a life of active use-
! fulness. Peter used what he had.'-We
too, 'may accomplish God s purpose
for us and be a blessing to those in
need if we are only willing ... to1 us'
what we have We may not be rich
or highly educated, or unusual in any
way, but we all possess some com
mon ble'ssiiVgs -time and opportunity,
and some talent and ability, and none,
can escape the responsibility of pos
sessing influence. If we use this
great gift for the good of those we
come in contact, with, ve 'will not
have lived in vain.
RAPID WORK ON
Drive Completed to Foot of
Mountain Section 1 Be
ing Platted Office Furni
The past week has seen much
progress made on the development of
Tretnont Park, Inc. The thirty-foot
drive now extends from highway No.
28 to the foot of Tremont mountain
with the exception of a short fill
across the creek bottoms. Cars are
daily driving over the new road.
Tuesday at noon the men and team
began work on the south side of the
mountain. The survey has been prac
tically completed to the top of the
mountain and. the engineers report
that the grade on the mountain will
not exceed five percent at any place.
The engineers, under direction of
Mr. John Grady Owens, are now en
gaged in making a map of Section 1.
This section is located on highway
No. 28 and on the new drive. A golf
course and lake are planned for this
section. It is expected that the -blue
prints will be ready by the end-of this
The offices, of Tremont Park, Inc.,
are located in the lobby and dining
room of the Hotel . Franklin, these
two rooms being used exclusively for
this purpose. Part of the office fur
niture has arrived.
Breeders of Guernsey
Cattle to Meet
All who are interested in growing
grade or purebred Guernsey, cattle
are asked to meet at the. creamery
building at 4 p m. on Saturday, June
12, for the -purpose of organizing a
Macon County Guernsey Breeders'
Mr. W. W. Fitzpatrick;. representa
tive of the American Cattle Club, Mr.
Winternnyer from the N. S. Dairy
Division, F. R. Farnham, Dairy Spe-
cialist for Western North Carolina,
and Roland Turner from the South
ern Railway. Agricultural Develop-,
ment service are expected to be pres
ent. . , " ,
An important part of the program
will be a picnic, supper. So please do
not forget to bring a well filled bas
ket. ' , '
Summer Estates Surveyed
Mr. R. Cox, associated with Mr. 1.
, G. Owens, is now engaged in complet
ing the survey of the 30 foot drive to
j'the top of Tremont -mountain. This
road is being constructed by the
I Tremont Park, Inc., ..and will be used
las a means of reaching the site of the
! proposed Gal-Zak hotel on the sum
! mit of the peak nearest town.' Mr.
Cox is an engineer-of experience and
ability, having been engaged in this
line of w ork , for the past ten years.
For the past few years of this time
he has confined his efforts almost en
tirely to sub-division work and to
park lay-out's. Officials of Tremont
Park, Inc., are much gratified at being
able to , obtain the services of Mr.
Cox. Beginning where the Tremont
road leaves highway No. 28, Mr. Cox
is platting the ground adjacent to the
road and surrounding the proposed
lake into estates consisting of from
one to five acres. This work will be
I carried on all the way to the top of
the mountain.. No small building lots
are planned on the holdings of Tre
mont Park, Inc. . ' ,
The count v-agent plan to hold ten'"
I farmers' meetings in the county, next
I week with . the help of dairy special
lists. These meetings will be' of much
!-importauce to' the dairy industry of
Uhe countv and a'l who are interested
j are urged' to a tend. .The farmers
will be notified l iter of the time and
places of these reelings. As a sort of
preliminary tho . interested in Guern
sey breeding at . urgently requested
to be present at the meeting to be
held at the creamery Saturday, June
j 12, at four o'clock. This will be an
opportunity to, learn much of the.
'dairy industry and also to sec the in
imitable Johni Thomas in action.
LIBRARY TO OFEN
The. Franklin public library will be
opened to the public all dav Saturday,
'June 12, with Miss Nan Dawson as
librarian. Thereafter the library will
be open one hour in the mornings
i a'nd one hour in the afternoons of
Tuesdays and Saturdays of each
week. The librarian will, gladly fur
nish information concerning the-con-ditioss
on which books may be ob
tained. The local chapter of the
j Eastern Star is sponsoring this move
ment end would gratefully appreciate
'the donations of all kinds of books.