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FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1928
Residence of Arthur Hug
r gins on Burningtown Bad
ly Damaged Kitchen
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According to , reports reaching
Franklin, a waterspout in the Burn
ingtown section of the county last
Monday night resulted in a miniature
flood which washed away the kitchen
f Arthur Muggins' home, overturned
the entire house, damaged his grow
ing corn, wasnea away and demolish
ed his crib, with 30 bushels of corn,
nd washed away and damaged his
automobile beyond repair.
- Mud is said to have filled the over
turned house to a depth of one foot
after the water, had . passed on. Mr.
Huggins,. his wife, mother, and chil
dren were in the house at the time it
was overturned, but no one is re
ported to have been injured.
Waterspouts arc not uncommon in
this vicinity, states J. T. Moore, one
of the ; older merchants of Franklin.
They result from a funnel-shaped
cloud extending below the mass of
clouds which invariably go with a
waterspout. The cloud funnel whirls
with astounding rapidity, much after
the fashion -of a whirlwind, and when
it strikes the earth may make a hole
25 or 30 feet 'deep. Trees are often
thrown ' a ,,l great distance from the
point where the funnel strikes, and
mud may be found several hundred
feet awav. Thep water flows awav as in
More than 30 years ago. states ' Mr,
AT rrr( i . wotprcnmil" nrnirrnrl 11 t-i e
Sugarfork river, some six or eight
miles from town,' -and the. valley of
the Little Tennessee was covered in
water'' within 30 minutes after the. oc
curence. Only the Indian mound was
above ' the overflow. Mr. Moore has
also visited a-place on Tesenta where,
some 50 years ago, ; a waterspout
washed awayt, rocks -and trees, leaving
a circular hole in the ground which
may yet.be seen. In Graham county
Mr. Moore once found traces in one
day of 65 waterspouts, most of which
had fallen at the head of a cove, and
most of which were small.
Meets with Cowee Baptist church
August 30 and 31, 1928.
10:00 a. m. Devotional
10:45 Song Service
"11:00 Introductory Sermon, Rev. G.
A. Cloer, Iotla, N. C.
Alternate. Rev. W. T. Potts, High
lands, N. C.
V 12 Noon,1 Dinner
' 1 :00 p. m. Devotional
1:15 Organization . 1
1:45 Temperance, Rev. P. H. Pass
1 more, Nantahala, N. C.
, 2:15 State , of Churches, Rev. W. L.
Bradley, Etna, N. C.
2 :45 Periodicals, Rev. G. A. Cloer,
Iotla, N. C.
3:15 Hospitals, Rev. Walter M. Lee,
Franklin, N. C.
3:45 Orphanage, F. Y. McCracken,
. '-. i Franklin, N. C.
V 4:15 B. Y P. U., Rev,. A. J. Smith,
Tellico, N. C.
v4:45 Stewardship and Enlightment,
Rev. A. S. Solesbee, Franklin,
Appointment of committees
Friday, August 31st
9 :30 a. m. Devotional and Visitors .
9:45 Sunday Schools. Bro. J. .T.
Young, Franklin, N C.
10:1 Education, Bro. Sanford Smij,h,
-v-tanklin, N. C.
11:00 State, Home' and Foreign Mis
sions,.' Rev. F. M'. Morgan, Fiats, N.' C.
12:00 Noon, Dinner
f 1:00 p. m. Ministerial Relief, J. M.
. Cochran, Flats, N. C.
I 1:30 p. m. W. M. U., Ardena Ramsey,
Tellico, N. C.
l:W Keports oi omraniees
Appointment of Executive Committee
Appointment of Trustees, Sylva C.
AnDontment of Messengers to State
and Southern Baptist Convention (
VvBuyers Return Frlna Mafrfcet
Porter and Bill Cunningham
returned last Saturday from the east
ern markets where, according to an
announcement from Mr. Porter, they
purchased between $10,000 and $11,000
worth, of goods for J. S. Porter &
company. Mr.' Porter states that this
is the largest stock ever bought at
one time by a merchant of 4 Franklin.
He ; also says that these goods were
purcha sed in a very low market, and
that his firm will set the .nrices .at
a figure that will sell the nw stock.
Met at Home of Mr. and
Mrs. Bob Patton Last
Thursday Many Come
From Distant Points.
With an attendance of 184 of the
descendents of the four Siler brothers
who first settled in this county, and
with 16 visitors present, the 79th an
nual Siler reunion was held five miles
from Franklin, Thursday, August 2,
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Members of the family from all
points in the .county, from Mitchell
county, from High Point, Murphy,
Asheville, and Whittier attended. Six
cars of Siler representatives from
Asheville motored here for the re
union. The meeting, as usual, was
opened and closed with prayer and
singing. The morning was devoted
to a general renewal of friendships
among relatives who had not seen
each other since the last reunion, qr,
in some cases, in many years.
After the idnner, the annual bus
iness meeting, held for the purpose
of recording family history, including
births, deaths, and marriages- con
vened. Some late arrivals joined the
gathering at this time, and later there
was more handshaking and exchanging
of personal and family history.-
The original ancestors of the Silers
of Macon county settled here before
1825. The name is closely bound with
the history of the town and' county.
Less than 25 years after the first
point of considerable interest is that
a minority of the Siler descendents
bear the family name. , Many of the
families in Macon are related to the
Silers, but it is rather seldom that
the name is found.
The next meeting will be held at
the home of C. W. Slagle at the
Black Place in the Nantahala section
of the county.
North Skeenah Locals
Mrs. Pearl Southard and little
daughter, Byrda Nelle, spent the week
end on Alison Creek visiting. Mr. Tom
Mf. Zeb Shope and son, Frank,
who are working on Nantahala, spent
the week end .at home.
Mr. Tom Williams is "visiting his
sister, Miss Bertha Williams, and also
relatives of Nort Skeenah.
Mr. ' Crawford Poindexter was in
this section Friday afternoon. He
came after Miss Thehna Ray.
Messrs. Edmond Sanders, Lester
Ledford. and son, Paul, and Mrs.
Texxie Sanders and her mother made
a business trip to Waynesville Thurs
day. Mr. George Kimzey is all smiles
since the birth of a boy on August
Messrs E. B DeHart and Henderson
Calloway were in this section Mon
day. Messrs. Bob Curtis and Weimcr
Donaldson passed through this sec
Mr. Jake Stockton made a business
trip to Franklin Friday.
Mr. Phil Blaine passed through
this section Friday.
Last Sunday was children's day at
the local Methodist church. The chil
dren of the Sunday sohool from about
12 years of age to the little tots put
on an interesting program. This pro
gram was. in charge of Mrs, Mock
who had evidently taken great pains
to. make the exercises a success. All
the children, were well 'drilled in their
speaking parts and the songs were al-!
so wdl sung. the altar ran and
tables on the platform were pro
fusely decorated with flowers.
Rev. R. F. Mock, the pastor, wns
not present, having substituted at !
Canton for Rev. A. C. Gibbs who is
now in Europe.
To Sell Property for Taxes
At their regular monthly meeting
Monday the commissioners passed an
order directing the tax collector to
sell property on which taxes remain
unpaid. It is not known when the
advertisement for this purpose will
appear, but probably within the next
week or ten days. The Press sin
cerely hopes that the people can raise
the money for taxes in order to avoid
heavy penalties. It will be remember
ed that a , restraining, order was in
force for 'sometime prohibiting the
commissioners from taking this ac
tion. This order - is now voided and i
the commissioners, to comply with the
Jaw, had no recourse other than to
J direct the sheriff to collect the. taxes
A. B. Norton Succeeds Rogers;
Rogers Named As Candidate
Democratic Executive Com
Mittee Calls Primary For
September , 8th No Ab
sentee Ballots to Be Used.
In session for the purpose of get
ting the views of the different town
ships as to the advistabilty of holding
a primary preceding the November
election, the executive committee of
the Democratic party, in Macon coun
ty definitely set the date of the
primary for September 8, at a meeting
held in the court house last Satur
day. It was further decided by . the
executive committee that the absentee
ballot will not be usd in the coming
primary with the exception of those
actually in the county and who are
sick. The election laws require three
weeks notice before, a primary can
be held. Between now and Sep
tember 8, each township chairman
will name three judges to. superintend
the primary in the respective town
ships. . W. A. Norton, of Smith's. Bridge
township, was chosen by the execu
tive committee to succeed Dr. Rogers
as the party's county chairman.
Followiag the statement of the ob
ject 'of the meeting, Dr. Rogers as
serted that he favored a primary in
order . "to give everybody a fair
chance." He added that he believed
a primary would result in more sal
isf action among the party voters.
lrwasthea moved "by' K. L" Bal-
that the executive committee hold a
secret session for the purpose of
reaching a decision as to the advis
ability -of a primary, and to -settle
other details that would be connected
therewith. Baird Angel was called
upon to address the gathering while
the executive committee was out.
"There should be more interest in
local elections than in national elec
tions," Mr, Angel said, "because we
are more interestd in what is going
on near us." He declared himself
in favor of a party primary because
"there won't be one in twenty that
will have a voice in a' convention." In
answer to the argument that a pri
mary is costly, Mr. Angel argued
that anything worth having is worth
At this point Will Landrum sug
gested that a vote be taken to see
how the party members present stood
on the question of having a primary.
The vote was practically unanimous
in the affirmative. Excitement reach
ed a high pitch and cries of, "Tell
the chairman we've already settled
it." "Tell the chairman to come in,''
came from , several of those in at
tendance. Jack Stribling . was called upon to
Business Boosting Bulletin
A Business Boosting Bulletin for
Promoting Local Business Interests
THE FRANKLIN PRESS
Newspaper Advertising Secures Volume and
Right now when merchandising is once more a man's game, and
merchants are compelled to sell, rather than hand the goods over
the counter to anxious buyers is the time to pay particular attention
to advertising in order to secure rapid turnovers to offset the small
er margin of profit we have today. "
On a declining market, such as exists at the present time, mer
chandise must move fast or a store will get into difficulties. The
public is asking for lower prices and the only way a store can give
them lower prices, is to increase its volume and the number of times
it turns its stock.
This can be accomplished in only one way and that is by adopt
ing the one proven method which the big successful merchandisers
of the country use in securing ' volume nd rapid turnover news
Newspaper advertising is the cheapest and most effective neam
of increasing your volume of business. The flow of trade toward
your store will steadily increase if you will but keep the buying
public informed of your preparedness to meet its needs. Advertising
in your local . newspaper will sell the merchandise if liberally and
consistently used, but careful consideration must be given the prep
aration of your copy.
Store-news advertising should be just asinteresting and attractive
as any display page of a mail-order catalog. The '.-nail-order house
must of necessity have strong compelling copy in order to sell Roods,
on account of the great amount of extra trouble the customer is put
to in buying by mail. With a little time and thought any merchant
should be able to produce advertising copy as compelling as that of
the mail-order house, which would be sure to attract the public to
Let your home, newspaper increase your volume of sales by pre
senting to the town and country folks regularly, as interesting and
attractive merchandise bulletins as those of the mail-order houses.
Any merchant who will make a careful study of the five leading
mail-order catalogs and their supplements, as issued, is bound to be
come a better advertiser and also a better merchandiser.
Home on Short Visit
J. P. Mashburn of San Angelo,
Texas, who left here thirty-four years
ago is now in his in his native coun
ty on a visit to friends and relatives.
This is the first time in 30 years that
Mr Mashburn has visited relatives In
this county. He is accompanied on
this trip by his brother, C H. Mash
burn, who left here 31 years ago and
made his last visit home 27 years
ago. They are the sons of the late
Thomas Mashburn. Their mother,
Mrs. John Elmore,, now ',, lives at
Cisco,.' Texas. , . v,t.
These brothers see a "great change
for the better in Macon county and
spoke interestingly of their Tex is
homes. Twenty five years ago the
section of Texas where they now
live was mostly desert and the chief
industry was grazing of cattle. Now
there are railroads, paved highways,
cities and towns . where , once the
rattlesnakes and horned toads held
The Mashburns arc thoroughly en
joying their visit to their native coun
ty While here they have renewed
many friendships and made-a host of
speak. "I believe and was taught to
believe," he asserted, "that a govern
ment of, for and by the people can
not be had in any . other way. It
"t'l7 by- d. conventional do
Tin' 'with'' you. to the last ditch for
a primary. If wc can't get it in one
way, wc can in another."
The cheers having " subsided, " Ray
Moses was called to the front. "We
need a new type of interest-in our
citizenship," Mr. Moses declared. "We
heed the kind that will make us work
in the harness instead of sitting in
our homes and grouching about what
is going on."
The executive committee made its
report after having been out nearly
two hoursNearly two-thirds of those
present had left before the committee
reported. The members of the ex
ecutive committee follow: Millshoal,
J. M. Raby; Sugarfork, Alex Shook;
Highlands, Frank Pbtts; Ellijay, Park
er Moore ; Flats, Roy Dryman ;
Smith's Bridge, W. A. Norton; Car
toogechaye,. Carl Slagle; Nantahala
No. 1, R. L. Barnett; Nantahala No.
2, Frank Wilson; Burningtown, Char
les Ray; Cowee, Bob Sherficld;
Franklin, R. A. Patton.
Mr. Carl P. Cabe, who is a lin
otype operator in Charleston, W. Va.,
is visiting his parents,-Mr. nd-MrSi
I). P. Cabe, at Otto. He expects to
be here about two weeks.
WITH A RADIO
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At water Kent Presents Ra
dio to Office of County,
Agent Will be Used at
Schools of County.
According to state extension of
ficials the county agent of Macon
county has the best .office of any
county agent , in the state. Nearly all
the farms in the coutity arc. card in
dexed, showing number of acres, acre
age in pasturage, -tillable lands, etc.
Bulletins of every conceivable agricul
tural subject are on file and available
to the public. Complete records , of
all sales, visits, mileage, callcYs, ' etc.,
are kept on file. Sometime ago it
became necessary to make some ar
rangemcnts to get the daily crop and
weather reports: Also market reports.
At the request of the county agent,
the Atwater Kent Radio company pre
sented the agent's office with a seven
tube radio. This radio is now in
stalled in the agent's office and is
available to the public Mr. Harris
will also carry this radio about over
the county on his truck for the pur
pose of receiving the market reports .
and musical programs, at. .the vafious
school houses in the county. Ihe pub
lic is invited to hear Hoover's ac
ceptance speech on July lltlf at the
agent's office. ' Later the public will
also be privileged to hear Al Smith's
speech over the county radio.
K 'C. Moore of Orlando, Fla., coun
ty agent of Orange county, passed .
through Franklin lastaturday on his jl
way to attend a display of agricultural
exhibits at Aurora, 111. From there
he planned to go the. Toronto to at
tend the International Exposition. Mr.
Moore was well, pleased with Macon
county and considers that it has a
bright future alorig agricultural lines, . ,
While here Mr. Moore called upon
tha county agent and discussed the :
fight now being made everywhere to
control the insect pests.
About That 20 Per Cent
To County Accountants:
It has been brought to our atten
tion that in some counties, a flat
penalty of .20 per cent of the total v
amount of the tax sales certificate .
is being imposed upon tax payers at
the time they redeem their property
which has been sold for taxes. Heice, .
we are sending out this circular letter
to correct such misapprehension of
Section 8037, Chapter 221, Public
Laws of 1927, requires that "the cer-
tificate of sale shall bear interest
at the rate of twenty per centum per
annum on the entire amount of taxes
and sheriff's cost for a .period of
twelve months from the date of sale,
and thereafter shall bear interest at
the rate of ten percentum per annum
until paid or until final judgment of
confirmation is rendered, but every
holder of a certificate other than
county, municipal corporation, or oth
er political subdivision, shall, in case .
said action is not instituted within
eighteen months from the date of the
first' certificate of sale, only receive
after the expiration of eighteen
months, on all amounts expended on
or in connection with said purchase,
interest 'at the rate of six per cent
per annum." ;.
The law . is. plain therefore, that it , ;
is not intended that .20 per. cent of
the amount of the certificate be col-
lccted from the tax payers if lie pays
the taxes and cost three months be
ing one-fourth part of twelve months. '
CMAKI.KS M. JOIIN'SON,
. ' J; ; cutivc Secretary. ;
Pastor's Mcther Diss
Mrs. L. X. Mock. 7 die-.! m her':
home at Welcome, X. C., July 3L ,
The remains. ' were interred at the
Methodist churcli at Mount Olive the
following day. Her ' pastor, ' Rev. (.;.
H. Goforth, assisted by Rev. R. F.
Hminicutt,. conducted the funeral serv
The .deceased was a woman of
many sterling qualities and was high
ly honored and loved by hind"els of
friends and acquaintances. Sh is sur-,.
vivd by one daughter and four sons
J. H. Mock, E. E. Mock and Mrs. .
T. M. Weisncr, all of Welcome; J.
S. Mock, of Winston- Salem, andv
Rev. Robert F. Mock, pastor of the
Franklin Methodist church. ,
Hames Goes on Road
Mr. C. W. Hames is now traveling
for Mahoney-Jones company of Bris
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