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FRANKLIN. N. G, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 1928
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Macon County Had Fewer
Fires Than Any Other
County in District 15
Arrests Made. r
At the close of the fiscal year,
July 1, of the work of the county
game and fire warden, J. J. Mann,
reports showed that Macon county
had fewer forest fires in the last 12
months than any other county in the
western district. As the forests of the
state are chiefly in the western coun
ties, this probably means that Macon
had fewer forest fires than any other
-North Carolina county. Only 10 fires
occurred during the last year. Nine
of these were insignificant blazes;
one developed into a large fire..
Only 15 arrests have been made in
the last year for violations of the
state fire and game laws in Macon
county. In every case the defendant
pled guilty. These good records have
been due to the splendid co-operation
of the citizens of the county and to
the vigilance of the deputy wardens,
states Mr. Mann.
' The people of the county have also
showed a great amount of interest
ia restocking the streams with fish
and the forests with game. Greater
interest, perhaps, has been taken in
this than in any other of the western
counties. Three deer have been
brought from the Pisgah and M.
Mitchell game preserves to the Nan
tahala Game preserve in thist county,
t by County . Warden Mann and the
Two fish nursries, or rearing pools.
have been constructed in the county
through the efforts of Mr. Mann.
One of these is at Highlands, and has
a capacity of '100,000 fish'. The other
is in- the Cartoogechaye section, and
lias a capacity' of 25,000. - At ho place,
states Mr. Mann, has he found more
co-operative people than at Highlands.
The people of the town gladly co
operated to construct "-a nursery with
four times the capacity of the pool
made in thi western part of the
county, . to . which Franklin citizens
Plans now are being formulated for
the erection of other pools at various
points in the county, says Mr. Mann.
The first of these wil be put on
Ellijay near the home of Parker
Moore. The Ellijay creek, well adapt
ed for trout, but now containing very
few, will be stocked from the Ellijay
There are now 10 quail in the coun
ty where there was one before the
passage of the new state game laws,
according to Mr. Mann. White
cranes abound along Lake Emory
where it would have been impossible
for one of the ' birds to have re
jnained preypu.s to the ' passage of
the laws ad the awakening of in
terest in the preservation of wild
life. According to the best check
up it has been found possible to
make, all the Mexican quail released
here last spring are alive.
W. K. Bichler, district forester, with
headquarters at Asheville was here
Thursday of last week. He reported
himself pleased with the , ?rogress
of county warden's work. He fur
nished the county warden witly-ww
tools, including rakes and bush ..ocks,
to be used in case of fires.
This week Mr. Mann is making a
survey of timber conditions in the
county in connection with the state
forest , service In this report will be
included the total timber pre of the
county, the area of waste timber, per
centage of merchantable timber, per
centage of timber types, foully
opinions! principal uses of the timber,
the total annual number of fee) r".
the number of sawmills inlhe coun-
ty,-etc Mr. Matin is making atrr,
to the Ritter Lumber company's saw
mill -onNantahala -this wee.k togct
information for the report. ----- '
Information concerning hunting or
game laws wil be furnished anyone
desiring to consult -with the warden
at Room 6 in the McCoy 'building.:
Franklin, N. C, July 27, 1928.
To the Chairman of ' the Township
Democratic Executive Coommittee and
the Registrar of Each Voting Pre
rinct of Macon County :
Please meet me at the Court Hous
in Franklin, Saturday, August 4,
1928, at 2 o'clock p. m. The purpose
of this meeting is. to formulate and
adopt rules to govern the Democratic
Primary to be held at some future
date, which date will'-be fixed and
the call issued at this meeting.
W. A. ROGERS. County Chairman.
Yours very truly, ,
. IS ANNUAI CUT
Timber Survey Completed
by Warden Mann Better
Roads Permit Utilization
of Cull Products.
Completion of a survey of the
timber resources of Macon-county by
J. J. Mann, county game and fire
warden, shows that the total annual
cut of timber in the county is 20,
000,000 board feet. The report is for
the bulletin of the North Carolina
geological and economic survey.
Since 1911, the date of the last re
port, the area of the actual virgin
forest has decreased about -40 per
cent, leaving a stand of. perhaps six
to nine per cent of the forest area
in virgin timber. Along with, the
operations on the virgin forest, report
local forest officials, has gone the
re-working of the old culled and so
called cut over areas by small mills.
Increase in lumber prices and the
extensive road building in the county
has made it possible to take lower
grade timber and products, such, as
acidwood, ties, . poles and bark, to an
extent previously impossible.
The report shows that 21 per cent
of the total area is in growing for
est. This is out of a total forest
area which covers 85 per cent of
the county. Poplar is forming the
new growth in the coves. Oak, chest
nut, white pines and hickory are
found on the slopes and ridges. Forty
per cent of the hard wood trees are
found on. the mountain slopes and
15 per cent in the coves. Eight per
cent 'of the county's timber is com-
to thelaTficationby per" 'cent
types. The classification according to
principal species shows the follow
ing percentages : poplar 15, oak 40,
chestnut 20, pine 2, hemlock 10, maple
3, linn 2, birch 3, hickory 3, black
The greatest percentage of the
county's output of timber products
is for pulpwood, amounting to 32
per cent of the total. Thirty per
cent of the out put is lumber, 15
per cent ties, 10 per cent poles, 10
per cent fire wood, 2 per cent ve
neers. About 40 per cent .of the county,
including the Nantahala National for
est area, is owned in tracts of
1,000 acres or more. These are divid
ed into seven tracts. The remainder
of the county is comprised of small
er areas. The value of the forest
lands is estimated at $5.00 an acre.
The value of the standing timber on
these lands is estimated at $12.00 an
acre. With the exception of the ren
ter of the county, the forest land is
distributed over all other parts.
At present 10 sawmills are being
operated in the county, the largest
of which is the Ritter Lumber com
pany at Rainbow Springs in th"
Nantahala section. At the present
rate the Ritter mill is consuming
timber, 80,000,000 feet of lumber will
have been cut in 10 years. The per
cent of the total amount of timber
which is used in this county is 20.
Forty per cent is used in the state,
anH 40 ner rent outside the state.
Chestnut blight has spread through
the forest . in recent years, and it is
estimated that within 10 or 15 years
there will be no more chestnut trees
here. An immense amount of acid
wood is available from the disca-'
chestnuts, a steady increase in the
market having been shown in the
last seven or. eight years. The bli-'-renders
the timber unfit for poles or
Saw timber. Forest officials are en
couraging the removal of chestnut
as rapidly as it can be absorbed or
the. n?.arket. What farmers want
not so much an increase in ' price as
a steady market.
Last Sunday Mrs. J. H. Higdon
celebrated her SI st birthday at the
old Higdon home on Ellijay. Ap
proximately 100 members of the fam
ily and a few friends enjoyed the
occasion to the fullest possible extent.
As late as Monday afternoon Mr. W.
L. Higdon of Franklin was still talk
ing about the good things he had to
eat at the celebration. It is reported
that uncle Brag Higdon was there in
all his glory and , rejoicing that the
occasion fell on Sunday so that there
was no corn to hoe on that day.
The many, friends of Mrs. Higdon
wish her many more birthdays.
West Passes Examination
Dr. J. W; West has been notified
by " the North Carolina State Board
of Dental Examiners that he has suc
cessfully passed the examination re
quired for members of the dental
Western Carolina Telephone
Company Acquires An
other Property Owns
, Exchange in Five Towns.
At a recent meeting of the board
of directors of the Western Carolina
Telephone company a committee con
sisting of D. G. Stewart, general
manager; W. B. McGuire, president,
and T, "J. Johnston, attorney for the
company, was appointed fo negotiate
the purchase of the Highlands ex
change. This committee made a trip
to Highlands last week and succeeded
in purchasing th . Highlands Tele
phone company. The town of High
lands also granted the purchasing
company a franchise. The purchase
price also included the rights of the
Highlands company in the line from
that town to Dillard, Ga., which line
is principally owned by the forestry
, The Western Carolina Telephone
company will make extensive im
provements in the system at High
lands. These improvements will in
clude a toll line to Cashiers to con
nect with the line already owned
by the- local company and running
from Cashiers to Sylva. The an
nouncement of the purchase of the
Highlands exchange states that both
Franklin and Highlands will benefit
by the transaction by reason of lower
toll rates between the two towns.
In addition to the recently acquired
property at Highlands the local com
pany - now1 - owns - the- - exchanges at
Cashiers. It is also understood ."that
the Western Carolina Telephone com
pany is considering the' advisability
of building an exchange at Robbins
ville. Since this company purchased the
Franklin exchange four years ago its
growth has been rapid, especially at
Franklin.., For the past several days
workmen .have been busy here ex
tending the cable system and string
ing new lines ot various parts ' of
An automobile driven by. Elizabeth
Cunningham collided last Sunday on
Main street with the. taxi driven by
Theo Kiser. Mr. Kiser's automobile
was struck broadside and knocked
into, a telephone pole, resulting in
considerable damage to his machine.
It was necessary to send the auto
mobile to Asheville for repairs. The
car driven by Miss Cunningham was
not damaged. No one was hurt.
Business Boosting Bulletin
A Business Boosting Bulletin for
Promoting Local Business Interests
THE FRANKLIN PRESS
Let This "Go-Getter" Go Get the Business For You
The catalog is the "go-getter" of the mail-6rder houses a folio
of over 1600 advertising bulletins in book form giving complete and
interesting information regarding everything in merchandise.
The "go-getter" of the mail-order house it a high-priced order
getter but it gets the orders. 'It goes into every farm home in your
territory regularly and talks to all members of the family.
It tells them of the wonderful merchandise values and why they
should . buy Jby mail. It shows beautiful illustrations or sketches of
most every item, and should the mother or daughter wish to see
samples of piece goods, they are furnished 'all neatly "pinked" at
the edges and stapled on cards with full and complete descriptions
of the goods. .
This "go-getter" goes into every home whether that of a pros
perous farmer or a poor renter. A one cent post card brings the
"go-petter" to any family ready to sell them anything and everything."
" This "go-getter" .'"costs-the mail-Order house about three dollars a
year for each family visited regularly.
The local merchant can use a "go-getter" that will go get the
business for him in his community. This "go-getter" will work for
the he Tie merchant faithfully every minute of the day. It will take
the business right away from the "go-getter" of the mail-order house
at an expense of only a fraction of what it costs the mail-order house .
to keep their "go-getter" at work in that community.'
In addition to telling the home folks about the new merchandise
offerings, it tells them about the prompt and personal service they
receive, and also extends a very cordial invitation to visit the store
to see and inspect the new merchandise which arrives daily.
This "go-getter" calls every day or week at each home in that
community. It presents the latest store-news regularly which the
home folks watch for and read with interest.
It brings the people into the store when other merchandise can
be seen and examined. It gets them in the habit of visiting the store
often and they soon become permanent customrs.
This "go-getter" s simply interesting advertising bulletins pre
sented regularly to the people of your community through the home
Let This "Go-Getter" Go Get the Business For You
V. L. Higdon and J. A.
Porter Erecting New Bus
iness Structure on Main
Street in Heart of Town.
. Monday morning W. L. Higdon and
J. A. Porter started grading work
on a new business building to be
erected on Main street just west of
the Citizens Bank. The new structure
will be 24x85 feet and two stories
high. Concrete, tile and brick will
be the materials used in the construc
tion work. Under the building pro
vision has been made for a basement,
the same size as the building itself.
No announcement' has been made as
to the use of the structure after
completion. However, Mr, Higdon
states that he has already had sev
eral applications to rent both stories
of the building and consequently an
ticipates no trouble from the rental
viewpoint. As necessity for more
buildings arises in Franklin Mr. Hig
don and Mr. Porter contemplate the
erection of another handsome build
ing on the corner of the same lot
adjacent to the square. Still later
they plan to remove the residence
now on the lot and put up two more
buildings between the corner and . the
structure now under course of erec
tion. Aged Negress Dies
Caroline Hackett, aged Negro wom
an - who- - remembered slavery - days,
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Old age was" thecause to which " her
death was attributed. Her youngest
daughter, Mrs. Matt Ray, is 66 years
old, and states that her mother was
between 95 and 100 years old, the
probability being that she was .98.
Caroline had five children before
the opening of the Civil War. Of
the six children to whom she gave
four are now living. They are Eliza
Cleaveland of Cleveland, Ga., Rose
Henry, Lowden, Tenn., Grace Iluck
abee, Atlanta, Ga., Nannie Ray, of
The aged negress was born in the
vicinity of Charleston, S. C. Later
she was taken to Georgia. For a
time preceding the Civil War she
belonged , to Bill Hackett of Clarks
ville, Ga. After the slaves were
freed, Caroline came to Clayton, and
then on into North Carolina. She
had lived at Franklin for about 35
Funeral services were held at the
Zion Methodist church on Monday
BIDS FOR PLANT
Town Will Receive Bids for
Sale of Power Plant on
August 14th Subject to
Vote of 'the Tax Payers, i
At a call meeting of the town board
on July 28 a resolution was passed
to consider bids or propositions , to
sell the municipally owned power
plant on the Little Tennessee river
three miles below town. The resolu
tion stated tha the bidders must
furnish security to protect the town
in the event of failure to carry out
contract. In the event of a sale the
purchaser would be required to carry
out all contracts the town has with
users of current. ' .
At various times during the past
few weeks prospective buyers have
visited Franklin and inspected the
plant and power lines.
NEWS ITEMS OF
HIGHLANDS N C
Interesting Locals and Oth
er News from Macon
County's Popular Moun
A-delightful -social event-of- last-
Mrs". . R. Cylbert, announcing the
engagement of their daughter Miss
Margaret Gilbert to Mr. Tudor Hall
of Highlands. ,
The guests were graciously wel
comed by Mrs. Gilbert and conducted
to the dining room where delicious
punch was served from a beautifully
appointed table by Mrs. J. M. Brtirier,
of Westminster, S. C. Pink Dahlias
and rhododendron w6re ; effectively
used in decorating the dining room.
The guests were invited into the
dining room by Miss Gilbert. Here
the decoration was an artistic 'ar
rangement of red dahlias and rho
dodendron. Mrs. S. F. Reeder of
Westminister, S. C. entertained the
guests with several piano selections.
This was interrupted by a messenger
bringing a telegram for Miss Caroline
Hall which read
"Gilbert and Hall
For you will call . .
To give your wishes true, f
For the wedding bell
Will surely tell ,
The secret we have for you."
Signed, Dr. and Mrs. E. R. Gilbert.
After the excitement from this sur
prise had abated each friend was
asked to write a receipe for a happy
home. These proved to be interest
ing and helpful.
At this time Mrs. Gilbert assisted
by Mrs. Bruner served delicious block
cream with small cakes. On each
plate was a tiny lighted candle which
was used in a unique way to show
when the friends of the bride-elect
would marry. Each puff to extin
guish the light when held at arms
length was counted a year before
wedding bells would ring again.
When leaving, the guests signed the
bride's book and also wrote a wish
for her. The guests included about
twenty-five young friends of Miss
Gilbert, also Mrs. Mela Hall, Mrs.
A. y). Anderson, Mrs. Charles An
derson, Jr., little Mattic Angela An
derson, Mrs. Roy Potts and little
Margaret Ann Potts. Mrs. J. ,M.
Bruner and Mrs. S. F. Uecdcr.
On Tuesday afternoon the Com
muntiy Club gave a benefit bridge
party at the home '.of Mrs. A. B.
a sum toward their club house fund.
rs. M ichael : served ice cream and
: k Th c ' prize was won by M iss
The Community Club hell their
bazaar.;. 'at King's Inn 'on Saturday.
The bazaar was well patronized and
most of the articles on sale disposed
of. The children's grab bag proved
rmifp an atraction for the children.
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1 Mrs. Legg and daughter, who have
been visiting their aunt, Mrs. b. 1.
Marrett, for several weeks, have re
turned to New Orleans.
Dr. McCarty of Augusta, Ga. will
hold services in the Presbyterian
church during the month of August.
Register Popular Office
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There are now five candidates in
the field for Register of Deeds. The
latest two to. announce are George
Mallonee and J. M. Brabson.