FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21,; 1926
Big Crowd Hears Waynes
ville Man Launch Demo
cratic Campaign Tribute
To N.C. Hills.
Speaking before what is declared to
have been the most largely attended
political gathering in Macon county
since the days of Aycock,' Felix E.
Alley, of Waynesville, Saturday after
noon, opened the Democratic campaign
in this county with a rousing speech
The address, combining -logical argu
ment, humor and oratorical , effects,
was a typical Alley speech.
Mr. Alley declared "centralization of
power in our government at Washing
ton" to be the "greatest danger that
confronts our Republic today" and the
paramount issue Jof the campaign. Un
less government V this country is de
centralized, he declared, this nation
faces the fate of other republics which
have allowed centralization to become
intrenched. As instances of his conten
tion that centralization, once it
takes its hold, will utterly destroy a
nation, the speaker cited the cases of
the Jewish, Greek, and Roman nations.
"Then shall we, the inhabitants of
the erreatest Republic of all time.
shrink back affrighted and appalled
because the great lessons of uniform
history come to us with a voice of
solemn and prophetic warning? Shall
the universal experience of mankind
bring us no wisdom ? Shall we wrap
ourselves in sweet delusion and
lie down to pleasant dreams when we
know by every chart of navigation
that the fatal storm is iust at hand?
Will the proud and daring peopic of
this great land close tneir eyes and
ears against the teachings of the ages
and wait for fetters and chains to con
vince them that their liberties are in
"It is a truism of history that the
greed for gold, the lust for gain, the
thirst for power, blind men to their
danger and drive them on to their
doom.- - Let it be hoped t!rt our people
will sec and understand their danger
and avert it before their hands are
tied and their throats are cut."
The "remedy," the speaker declared
to be the restoration "of the Demo
cratic party to power; drive out from
our government .' at Washington the
last vestige of centralized power and
jjive back to the States the rights re
served under the Constitution of the
United States;' '
Then will follow,. Mr. Aliey asserted,
, the prosjfrity and justice that pre
iled (inder WHsn' administration."
'Mr. "Alley, born, m the mountains of
Western North Carolina, paid a beau
tiful tribute to his native hills, which
he declared were created by the Al
mighty in a desire "to provide an ab
solutely perfect habitation for his
The speaker, in a description of
Whiteside Mountain, said he had stood
there at daybreak and "looked toward
the East and watched the sombre
drapery of the clouds roll up Jikc a
scroll from the rim of the horizon, as
the red torch of the morning kindled
on the stainless crests of a thousand
hills a line of crimson fires and sent
forth ten thousand shafts of light to
herald the coming the Coming of the
God of Day;" at dusk and seen
"the evening hang her silver crescent
on the brow of night and rival the
i splendor of the dawn with the glory
I of the twilight"; at midnight in the
vwinter and "listened sorrowfully to the
Sco-laden winds as they sighed through
, the dismantled forests, and watched
the snowfields-gleammg in the moon
light like foam-flecked billows in a
stormy sea"; and at mid-day in Sum
mer "when the lightning cleayed the
sky with forked flame and the very
earth trembled beneath the angry roar
of the musketry of the winds and the
artillery of the skies."
It was in the belief that this moun
tain country was not. only the most
beautiful in the world, but the land of
promise, Mr. Alley said, that he de
cided to become a candidate for the
Democratic nomination for Congress.
On this connection he expressed his
deep appreciation for the thousands of
votes he had received in the -June pri
mary, and when he declared that, not
chosen to lead in the tenth district, he
stood ready still to fight for the party
as a "private in the ranks," Mr. Alley
was greeted with a tremendous burst
of applause. , .
Highlands-A Town Unique
Franklin is fortunate in having as itsi
neighbor a little city entirely unique.
Macon county has in its county seat
the natural "Key City of the Moun
tains," and in Highlands, the highest
incorporated town in Eastern America.
Thirty-eight hundred twenty-three
feet is Highland's official altitude. It
is that far above the level of the sea
at the center of town, But many
homes in the incorporation are 4,000
feet and more. The altitude of 3823
is that of the business section, which
is one of the "low" points in the town.
Dillard, the nearest railroad point, 18
miles away, is 2250 feet, or. just about
1600 feet lower. . - . .
But Highlands is unusual not only
because of its distinction as being
the highest town east of the RockieS
though that would seem to be distinc
tion enough for one small town, when
there are so many thousands with
none at all. : The grandeur of its
mountain scenery sets it apart as a
It is possible that there is scenery
in Western North Carolina comparable
with that of the Highlands country;
but certain it is that no other town
has the number of magnificent moun
tain panoramas within a few miles. A
few minutes' drive from Highlands, in
almost any direction, and one goes up,
up, up, -hundreds of feet above this
highest town to view the glory of
some new scenic effect built by the
master hand of Nature. ;
Highlands, again, is in a class of its
own among small towns in the number
of remarkably beautiful homes. Many
wealthy people from New Orleans,
Savannah, New York, and elsewhere
haye visited Highlands, and then re
turned to build summer homes; arid
many of these homes are such as one
would find in few of the smaller cities.
Two such are the Eskrigge home,
on the side of Satulah Mountain, built
of native gray stone, in the English
style of architecture; and the Sloan
estate. The latter, lacking the com
manding view of the mountains and
the architectural beauty of the, Esk
rigge residence, is justly noted for the
extraordinary beauty , of its grounds.
In addition to. its tremendous, sloping
lawn, its flower-bordered walks, its
sunken garden, and other charms, it
has the distinction of having a greater
variety of shrubs and flowering plants
than any private estate south of
And these are but two of the many
estates in and around Highlands.
But the human element is partly re
sponsible for the fact .that Highlands
is extraordinary. Jt is unusual in the
public spirit and enterprise manifest
on every hand.
A few random examples: Highlands
had raised and mailed its subscription
of $187 for the Red Cross Florida re
lief fund within a few days after word
of the storm disaster had reached the
little mountain community; Highlands
WILL USE 60 HP
The refining plant of tne Franklin
Mineral Products Company, located
near West Mills, is expected to be in
operation early in December, it was
announced this week by John Daven
port, president of the concern.
The announcement followed the
signing of a contract between the town
and the company providing for the
construction of an electric line to the
plant. The plant will use approxi
mately 60 H, P, to start with, it is
Under the terms of the contract,
the company will pay for the construc
tion of the line. The company will
then be repaid by the town with
power, there being, no charge for
power until ' after the line shall have
been paid for with electricity. Work
oh the line will be begun shortly, it is
.The, 'Franklin Mineral Products will
mine and refine the mica and kaolin
in the Buii Knob deposit, about a half
mile from West Mills. The company
will employ about twelve men regu
larly, when operation is begun, Mr.
' The, company expects to be able to
turn out two cars of kaolin, orbetween
GO and 80 tons, per week ; the mica
mined will be shipped out cither in
sheets or ground, according to the
quality of the mineral.
The building for the plant, which is
already under construction, will be a
structure about 180 feet long.
Mrs. Eva Lewis and children of
Ravensford have been visiting rela
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moss and
family of Otto, spent the week 'end
with relatives here. . They were ac-
has a public school building that would
do credit to any town double its size;
that building, which serves as town
hall and community center, is used
several evenings each week for a com
munity picture show, the profits going
toward beautification of the school
grounds; the town has a good public
library; Highlands had a Woman's
Club the Highlands Improvement So
cietybefore . many other Western
North Carolina towns knew there was
such a thing, and that club has been
doing community betterment for a
quarter of a century, and is doing big
ger things all the? time.
Those are but a' few of the manifes
tations of public spirit impressed upon
the visitor casually looking about the
town. There are-others, and to spare.
If rranklin believes it is the only
town in Macon county that has
caught the spirit of progress; that the
progressive spirit at work, here during
recent years has tailed to find a
response in its neighbor, it is quite
Last fall, Highlands put in a water
system; sewerage was installed during
the past spring, and now work is under
way on the construction of a hvdro
electric development, to be municipally
owned ana operated. All this in the
space ot a single year !
The Cullasaja River is to be dammed
and the power converted into elec
tricity to light Highlands. The dam,
when completed, will be approximately
175 feet long built in a curve and 25
feet high. It will have a head of 220
t.eet; that is, the vertical distance from
the top of the dam to the power house
will be 220 feet.
..The completed dam will create a 75-
acre lake but not Highland's first
mud iaK.es ni or near tne town
already combine with the beauties of
the mountains those of the water'.
The power plant and the dam arc
being constructed by Tucker and Lax-
ton, of Charlotte. For the dam, sand
trom Columbia, S. C, is being shipped
to Seneca, and hauled by truck from
that point to Highlands, a distance of
some 40 miles.
m.kj n.tn.1! iuguiamis irom Franklin
today, one not only has to go outside
the State; one goes into Georgia and
oack into iNorth Carolina three differ
ent times to reach another town in
the same county as Franklin ! The
route is via Dillard, Ga,, and between
that point and Highlands the road
crosses the North Carolina-Georgia
State line. five different times.'
The road is being much improved
by the Forest Service, but is none too
good as yet, and. Highlands people are
looking, forward quite as happily as
docs Franklin to the completion of
Highway No. 28.
When No. 28 is finished,. Franklin
will have in Highlands a close neigh
bor, and not only a neighboring little
city that-is both friendly and progres
sive, but a nearby town that is entirely
Weaver Will Make
Speeches in This
County Next Week
Congressman Zebulon Weaver
Democratic candidate for re-election,
will make his first speech in Macon
county during the present campaign
at Franklin next Wednesday. His
itinerary will also take him to Otto
and Cowce for addresses,: .
Mr. Weaver's coming to Macon fol
lows the opening of the Democratic
campaign in this county last Saturday,
when Felix. E-Alley, of -Waynesville,
Mr. Weaver's successful opponent in
the June primary, started the Demo
cratic ball rolling in Macon.
Congressman Weaver's first address
will be at the court house here on
Wednesday, at 3 o'clock, That even
ing at 7:30 he will speak at the Otto
school house, and on Thursday after
noon at 2 o'clock he will address the
voters of Cowce at the Cowee school
compahied ,by Mrs. C. R. Mashburn,
who, plans to stay a while.
Henry Mashburn of Franklin, spent
Saturday night at A. A. Mashburn's.
Miss Lena Moses has gone to Hazel
wood to visit her sister, Mrs. Spurgeon
Mrs. A. B. Moses is suffering with
an attack of mumps. .
Farmers in this section have been
taking advantage of the pretty weather
and fine roads by trucking some of
their produce south.
K. N. Moses preached a good ser
mon at the school house Sunday after
Mr. W'oolum, of East Laporte plans
to preach here the fourth Sunday in
John Stiwinters and Mrs. Jennie
Jenkins were recently married. . '
Anfl Essays Are
To Be Published
School Boys and Cirlt in County Have
Just IU More Days in Which to
Complete Their Essays. Contest
Closes Last Day of October.
In about two weeks, Macon county
and the world will icarn the prize win
ners in. the Building and Loan Essay
Contest on "How I Can Use the Build
ing and , Loan to Pay for a College
Education." The names of the 10 boys
and girls submitting the best essays
on this subject will appear on the front
page of the Franklin Press; and their
essays will likewise be published.
But the boys and girls in the public
schools of Macon county have just 10
more days in which to complete their
essays. It is time for those who want
to win to get busy.
On or before midnight of the last
day of October every essay' must
cither be in the Building and Loan
office or be in the mails.
The next day the judges will begin
the task of reading , and grading the
various essays submitted in the con
test. As soon as the essays have been
carefully read and graded, the names
of the prize-winning boys and girls
will be announced, and the 10 prizes,
including the $25 in gold offered by the
officers and directors of the Associa
tion, will be awarded.
At the same time, announcement will
be made as to whether or not the four
students submitting the first, second,
third, and fourth best essays won the
four cash prizes of $10, $7.50, $5, :and
$2.50 offered by the Press. The boys
and girls winning the four first places
will receive these additional awards if
their essays are accompanied by one
new or two renewal subscriptions to
the Press for one year each.
When the announcement is made,
there will be 10 very proud boys and
girls. For the 'winners in this contest
will have not onlv won a valuable tirie
each, but will have brought credit to
their respective schools, and shown to
the -world what determination, hard
work, and brains can accomplish.
Complete information about the con
test, can be secured either from the
Building and Loan office, No. 2 Bank
of "Franklin Building, or from the
The first number of the Lyceum
program here this winter will be given
at the-court house tomorrow (Friday)
night, October 22, at 8 :00 o'clock. The
program is announced for that time,
rather than earlier, in order not to in
terfere with the services that evening
at 7:00 at the local Presbyterian
The program is music and magic, by
Frye and Company.
This will be the first of four num
bers, the entire course being sponsored
this winter by the , 1915 MacDowell
Season tickets arc on sale at Smith's
Drug-Store and the Chamber of Com
merce.; The season tickets, admitting
holders to all four numbers, are $1.50,
while season tickets for school children
arc 90 cents. . ,
lt is expected that a large number of
chddren, not only from Franklin, but
from other schools in the county, will
be in attendance. The magic appeals
particularly to children and to adults,
because thev are. after all nnlv ,r.,M
up children, so far as magic and mys-
iei y are concerned. ,
Sale on November 17
A Thanksgiving poultry sale, mainly
a sale of turkeys, is announced by
County Agent John V. Arrendalc for
November 17. The sale will be for
t'rankhn and points south, Ottq and
towns over the Georgia line..
Mr. Arrendalc says that the sale will
be mainly for turkeys, but that other
poultry will be included.- He suggests
that the farmers sell their more ma.
ture turkeys at this time, saving the
others for another sale, to be held just
before Christmas. '
He particularly requests that farmers
let him know how much poultry ihey
will offer, in order, that he may make
arrangements for a car or cars. Last
year, he said, at a similar sale, he was
not given sufficient information, and
as a result there was more poultry of
fered that could be Handled by the
single car he had ordered,'
' ' ' - '
C. OF G. MEETING
Chamber, of Commerce Will
Hear Schaub at 7 P. M. At
Oyster Supper Tickets
To Be Sold Today.
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce
will hold its second get-together meet
ing on next Tuesday evening at 7
o'clock, at the Junior Order hall, when
business and professional men, farmers
and ministers and their wives, will
meet to enjoy, an oyster supper, learn
something of what the Chamber- of
Commerce is doing, and hearDcan"l.
O. Schaub, of State College, who frill
be the principal speaker of the even
ing ' '
. All tickets must be sold tod,ay
(Thursday), it is announced, in order,
that the chamber of commerce com
mittee responsible for the meeting cAi
know how many plates to order. Th
tickets, which are sold for 75 cents..
are to pay, not for any part of the pro
gram, but simply for the oyster , sup
per. ... - ,
Those who desire to eat supper at
home or elsewhere, or who find it im
possible to be present for the supper,,
will be welcomed for' Mr. Schaub's ad
dress immediately following the supper.
There will be a brief program im
mediately preceding the address of the
state college orhcial.
Mr. Schaub is a native of North
Carolina and knows conditions here.,
and his address on how farmers, min
isters, and business men can co-operate
for the - agricultural advancement
of the county is expected to prove not
only helpful, but intensely interesting,
as Dean Schaub is said to be a most
entertaining speaker. '
Old Resident Here
Of considerable interest to the citU
zens of Macon county, especially the
old-timers, is the fact that Rev. and
Mrs. R. A. Owen, of Radford, Va.,
have, been visiting friends and rela
tives here this week.'
Rev. Mr. Owen was bom in East
Franklin 74 years ago, and when quite
a young man. became a preacher,
which profession he has followed with
out a break for 49 years. He 1s now
a member of the Holston conference.
While here visiting his sister,; Mrs.
G. H. Gibson, Rev. Mr. Owen went to
the place of his birth but found no
trace of the home where he first saw
the light of the world,; However, he
drank water from the old; spring and
pronounced the water as good as ever.
the hrst .newspaper Rev. Mr. Owen
ever saw was ' the Franklin Observer,
published in 1860, with Rev. C. D.
Smith and L. F. Siler as editors. In
the Press office he was shown a copy
of the Franklin Observer of I860 and
was much interested. This edition re
called to the mind of Rev. Mr. Owen
that his father was a Colonel of Militia
here in 1860, and assisted in recruiting
men for the cause of the Confederacy.
Aside from the material prosperity
of the county, the thing that impressed
this former citizen was the absence of
most' of those he knew in his boyhood
days; these friends have passed over
the river to the Great Beyond. Rev.
Mr. Owen found many of their names
on1 the tombstones in the local ceme
teries. This was the first visit of Rev. Mr.
Owen to Franklin in 40 years. How
ever, he plans to return to Macon
county sometime , within a year and
preach a semi-centennial sermon in
commemoration of his 50 years' ser
vice in the cause of the .Master. ... He
thinks it appropriate to preach such a
sermon m the county where he. was
born and where he preached as a
young man. On this occasion no
doubt, hundreds will go to hear this
venerable minister of the gospel.
BREAKS ALL RECORDS
The Chevrolet Motor Company, lar
gest manufacture of throe-speed cars,
shattered two of its marks during
September when it established a new
monthly record of 81,158 passenger
cars and tracks, and attained a pro
duction total of 593,281 units for the
first nine months of 1926, eclipsing the
half-million production of the entire
twelve months, of . 1925, Chevrolet's
Neither of these figures ever has
been approached by any builder of
cars with three-speed selective trans
missions. The September production averaged
3,381 .units daily for the twenty four
working days of the month. This also
is a new record. The 81,158 total for
September followed , several recent
months of record-breaking production.
April, May and June, with respective
productions of 71,157, 74,617 and 77,
241, each established successive r.m-