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FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1928
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R. M. Coffey Heads Macon
County Posse That Cfap
tures Outlaw Has Epic
Struggle in Cabin.
Hanging out in the Balsams for
about a week a man who does not
want his name mentioned succeeded
Monday in locating Ed .Smathers,
carged with killing Deputy Sheriff
Claude Green of Jackson county.
Smathers was located at the home of
Parrish Swangcr who lives about a
mile and a half from Balsam station
and within the same distance of whore
Green was . killed. Deputy Sheriffs
R. M. Coffey, Fred Cabe and Derrell
-Ashe7all of Macon county, arrived
at Swanger's home about dusk Mon
day night - and watched the home - un
til 1 :30 Tuesday morning. The officers
stated that Smathers and those in
the house with him -apcarcd to hi
holding a drinking bout, consequently
before entering the building they wait
ed for Smathers to get- pretty we
under the influence of liquor.. At 1 :30
the officers, seeing a man entering
the house with a suitcase,, followed
closely at his heels and immediately
attacked Smathers who is reported
to' have been sitting before the fire.
After a fierce struggle in which it
was necessary to strike Smathers with
a blackjack Smathers was subdued and
placed in handcuffs. Smathers is re
ported to have made no confession
relative to the shooting of Green.
However, he did beg the officers to
. blow, , put , his ... brains with, a pistol.
5raat n crs W'o u na sx
pled with the officers to drive the
car over a cliff in order that his life
might be ended. After, his wounds
were dressed Smathers Was later car
ried to the jail at Asheville.
In addition to Swanger and his
family a man by the name of Odell
Barnes is reported to have been pres
ent at the time of the arrest. Neith
er Swanger nor Barnes made any
attempt to assist Smathrs in th strug
gle. During the effort to arrest
Smathers a lad, said to be about 16
years of age, knocked the lamp off
the table throwing the room in semi
darakness. After the arrest it was
necessary for the officers to drag
Smathers about 100 yards to the car,
since he refused to walk:
Mrs. Nannie Grant of Graham coun
ty, is here this week visiting her sis
ter, Mrs. Grace Grant.
Odus Lee of Graham county, was
a Nantahala visitor Saturday and
Fred Day went to Clay county Sat
urday on business.
Glen West of Graham county, pass
ed through Nantahala Sunday en
route to Bryson City.
Prof. C. R. Roper of Oak Dale,
.and Raleigh Roper of Briartown, were
Nantahala visitors Sunday.
J. B. Lee of Graham county, passed
through Nantahala Saturday enroute
to Bryson City.
Mr. and Mrs. Harley W. Grant
and children were visiting Mr. and
Mrs. T. B. Lee of Graham county
Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Grace Grant went to Andrews
Friday for medical attention.
, Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Kilpatrick
and daughter, Inez, of Gastonia, who
have been visiting relatives here for
several ay6 returned home Sunday,
. Mrs. N. T. Wood made a-lrip to
Graham county Tuesday. -j
Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Grant1 of
riai. arc visiting ir. aim .m s. .-mci -
fill Haney here this week. i
Frances, the little daughter of Mr. j
and Mrs. Harlev W. Grant who has '
been sick for several days, seems
to be improving slowly.
Moore Loses Case
Before Magistrate John E. Rickmari
last Saturday the case of H. N. Moore
vs the cannery was heard. Mr. Moore
was suing for salary claimed, to be
due on a contract for a year as op-
crator of the cannery. It will be ,
remembered that Mr. Case took the
place of Mr. Moore before the year
expired. The case as decided against
Mr. Moore who """hl; appealed to the
' Drive For Membership
Cullasaja Council Junior Order has
again started their annual game of
increasing their membership. ...
Councilor J. W. Street says that
the members who do not attend the
meetings now are playing a losing
game as the Council confers degrees ,
every r.cct:n.T night. . i
(By F. H. Jeter)
An excellent examaple of how a
creamery may serve the farmers of
a section by providing a market for
their surplus cream is afforded by
the Nantahala Creamery at Franklin
in Macon county, states F. R. Farn
ham, dairy extension specialist of
State college, assigned to work in the
western part of North Carolina.
Three Years Old
Largely through the efforts of Mr. R. M. Mead, president of The Jiw
Farnham, this creamery was cstab-: j,ollo Public Scrvice Corporation of
hshed - about three years ago as fl,n , ( T it -i
branch of a larger organization a i Ucvx',am1' 0mo. J- H. Smith, gen
Asheville. It struggled along in an j eral manager of tins corporation for
average' way until about one 'yc-'rjthe South, and Attorney Alfred Bam
ago' when it was purchased by A. B. ard of Ashcville, Secretary and
Slagle, , a resident of Franklin, and , counsel to the same corporation, met
some other citizens of the county.
When Mr. Slagle took over the plant
as manager, 13,000- pounds-of butler
were manufactured the-first month.
After a year of operation r under the
new management the creamery pro
duced .24,000 pounds of butter during
the month of August and has been
producing around 22,000 nounds a
month for the past two or three. !
Cream for the manufacture of this
butter is now supplied by the farm-
ers ot Uay, Cherokee, Jackson awl i
Macon counties with some adidtional
coming from over the Georgia line.
Mr. Famham states that the cream
is assembled at 21 different stations
m the several counties, under a newj Mr". Barnard was expected to re
plan called the modified assembly turn to Andrews Wednesday to: agree
station method worked out first in on somc Un important details and to
the south at this creamery. TheLjraw up a contract between the
farmers brmg m their cream to -incorporation he represents and the
Cream Comes Fresh
As a result, the cream comes to
the - plant fresh and cold and the
creamery is now making butter which
has led the . state in quality during
tne past year. uver vo per cent ot
the output is sold in Asheville, said
to be the most discriminating butter
market in the trade. Four -big dealers
take nearly the entire output and re-
port that their customers will hardly
accept any other butter. The reason
for this high quality, states Mr.
nam. is tnat tne mocmicci assemoiv ,
plan puts the cream into the Plant has stin othcr power properties in
on the same day as delivered by the ! view looate(l in Western North Caro
farmers. Then, too, in summer tn;r ; !ina and in Northern Georgia and
are no wild onions on ton of tne that )e js ,)lanning extensive develop
Blue Ridge mountains to affect the ment jn thjs niountainous sectin.
quality and taste of the butter. I hi-i. j
he states, on account of the altilnd' j .' , . .
and abundance of cold spring water,'
most of the cream is sweet when de
livered and thus makes a high quality
of good butter.
Top of Blue Ridge
.Mr. Farnham states that this is j
lilt III omvi viiiy v- v " 1 1 1 v, i j vii i
of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina ,
and that it is growing to such an j
extent that new equipment and larger j
,.,;n Kn nrmcMrv
The creamcrv has the fine support !
of all the county agents at work in
the southwestern corner of North
Carolina, especially Lyles Harris,
: u it fm ,itt,
their production problems. At a
farmers' picnic in Franklin on Augut
30. sponsored by the creamery of
ficials, ovc 250 patrons gathered to
discuss dairy farming and to hear
addresses on the subject by experts
from the State college faculty. Char
lotte Observer. i
Hunting License Here
.Air. rarnnam states mat mis isi, , : -i.
u,. U:.c ,,i i r. , 4rt I Jesse -Sloan,. Ann Sloan, Fred Johns
Hunting licenses arc now on salcu,wnov.
in the county;- TheTsfate department
of conservation and development has
esiaousnen eeriam piacc.s in ine cuuit- i
ty where hunting licenses may be
purchased. Thre stations are located)
at Franaklin, Highlands and Rainbow i
Springs the. county agent's office at
ranklin. Dr. F.: R; Gilbert at High-
lands and Ritter's commisary at Rain-
Gabrels and Family Leave
R; C. Gabrels who has been repre-
senting the Tavlor-Colquitt company
here for the past nine years, left-with
his family Tuesday for Greenwood, S.
C. where he w.d represent his com-
pany. M r. Gabrels states that . ne
has never served his company 11: a
place wher'e his dealings with the
public were more pleasant than at
Pranklin,. He took occassion to
praise thc citizenship of both Franklin
and Macon count v.
A rcvml meeting is now in prog-1
ress at Clark's Chapel with preaching
each day at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m.
Everybody is invited. Rev. Mr. Strick-
land is the
Contract to Buy Andrews
Power Plant was Expect
ed to be Signed Wednes
dayMead Has Other
Power Properties in View.
at Andrews - N: C. September- 7th with
the power commission and ' board of
alderm en of -Andrews - and r each ed-p n
agreement for the purchase of . the
municipally owned power plant of
that city. At this meeting the power
commission and the board of aldermen
!' passed a ioint resolution accenting the
offer of Mr. Mead for the purchase
of the plant. Such is the news
brought to Franklin Friday, afternoon
by Mr. Mead who was on his way
to Clayton, Ga.,v on an important mat
ter of business. Friday Mr.- Mead!
met with the town board of Bryson
City to discuss the purchase of the
power plant owned by that city
disapproval. While the price agreed
upon between Mr. Mead and the
town of -Andrews was not made
public - it - is understood -to- be- some-
wnat more than the orjgjnai cost of
It will be well remembered that
a short time' ago Mr. Mead's com
pany purchesed the municipal power
Lut nf Pranklin. An Hprtinn i
approve or disapprove the action of
the town boar(1 of Franklin has been
harn-'called for September 25.
tf ,!rctn,i t,f Ar,..,,n
A Garden club was organized last
week at the home of Mrs. Fred
Johnston. The. twelve charter mem
bers are Mesdames McG'uire, Harris,
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n- Mangum, John Rice, Devareaux
, Jes,s Donley, llur??' "lmrr
J""" Mt?ry W,,hs- , f ,
The following officers were elected:
President; Mrs. Major Harris; vice
Mrs. Jess Conley; secretary, Mrs.
Mangum. Committees were appointed
on constitution and by-laws and mem-
j lilt; uujvti ui uii viaimu iiuu c
1 the encouragement of amateur garden-
ing and improvement of lawns in the
' city, the exchange of .seeds and plants
1 , niiong members, and. mutual helpful
ness inthe discussion of gardening
Garden clubs have become so pop
ular over the state and elsewhere that
we feel that we .must get busy too
and do much work along these lines.
flower show is already being plan-
: The V;arden club will rmotor tfc:
,,..., . v ...:n ;u
Wavnesvillc Flower show
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To, the Assistant State Game War-,
; a anu. Voluu-vc ful" t- ;
l tiny mer-ef then--Cnservatioii-
Tl'iard, the following -.bounties have
" been" ordered pat", cuirnr-: -me- niotuns )
T..T nt,.i ., ) V,.,.,v,l.,. 1Q?. i
"Cooikt's Hawk' 25c; Sharn-shintv.d !
i. r i.:....r:i z. . 1
Wildcat $200 I
f "Claimants " for the above bounties j
' :- urom tho wHoIp form of h, !
bird or wil(Icati &r t,ic ht.a(ls thereof, i
j t0 thc colintv ,jarnc v..ar(k.n 0f his j
C0UntV( who will ccrtify t0 the Ra-!
; cish office that the. claim is correct.;
The claimant in all cases will receive 1
1 ,i;,at t mm ill a Tali-Mf.Vi!
office, through the county game war
den. Assistant state game wardens!
;and county wardens are requested to I
give ps much publicity to the period'
of timev for which the bounty- is i
payable as possible
"C. H. ENGLAND,
State Game Warden.
"Approved: WADE II. PHILLIPS,
Tor sometime now there has been
a rumor going the rounds , in Frank
lin that R. M. Mead who lias con
tracted to buy the -municipal power
plant of Franklin is the same man
who recently erected a paper mill
at Sylva and that he is buying Frank
lin's plant as a source of power for
the paper mill. R. .M. Mead author
izes The Press to state that he has
no connection with the paper mill at
Sylva and that he has no other in
terests excepting that of hydro-electric
power. Mr. Mead also states that in
the event he succeeds in buying other
plants in Western North Carolina
all the plants will probably be hooked
together so that all. towns concerned
will be assured' of continuous . power.
Industrial plants, says Mr. Mead, do
not like to locate at a place where
only one source of ' power is available.
Jn this case, if . anything happened t
the-- lower - --plant, the - -industrymil hi
be out of business for a considerable
p e r ii x 1 ot4 i m e mim
Oak Dale Honor Roll I
For Second Month
1st Grade : Eva . Cope,
Bryant, Harvey Roper.
2nd Grade: Guss Baldwin,
3rd! Grade :
4th Grade :
5th Grade :
Nina Clampitt, Ger-
Robert Wild, Trov
Swafford, Verlie Cochran, Kate Rol
and, Ida Bryant.
6th Grade: Kermit Bateman.
7th Grade: May Belle Bryant,
Clyde -Bateman. '
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appointment at Oak
k 7 r AJ KTN vaBMiaiiM imi wi il..r.ff ,,...
Dale church ;
Sunday afternoon. His sermon was
very interesting and enjoyed by . a
Miss Alice Cunningham who is
teaching at Oak Dale school, spent
the week end at home.
Mrs. Charles T. Ray has been visit
ing her daughter, Mrs. Gilmer Sctser,
who lives on Cartoogechaye.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wild and chil
dren, pverett alid Oluf Tool, of Gran
ite. Okla.. are visiting relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Bryant and
family were visiting Mr. Bryant's
brother, Mr. Grady Bryant, Sunday.
Misses Dorothy and Florence Ray
who are in school at Franklin, spent
the week end at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Jud Wild visited
Mr. and.-Mrs. Tom Drinion Sunday.
Miss Vergie Clamnitt has been
visiting Miss May Cochran who is at
Mrs. Erwin Tallent and May Belle
Bryant visited friends on Cartooge
We are glad to say that out of
three girls of our school who took
the examination at Franklin two pass
ed. Higdonville Locals
Misses Grace Berry and Ruby Cor
bin who passed the eighth grade en
trance examination at Franklin, are
going away to school. Miss Corbin
has already enrolled in the Franklin
school and Miss Berry will enter
Cu'lowhcc High in a few days.
irbnecs icrmr community has Irt
up some. We understand that Kcbcr
ra Crisp, daughter of Eddy Crisp, is
imjiroving after an operation. Billie,
Corbin who hrs been vf-ry sick with
scarlet fever, is improving.
Miss Joyce Jacobs who was vouf
of school several days last week, on
account of sickness, is able to be on
duty1: now.- , :., ''
Mr. Kay N- Moses left Monday
to Pttetv' Klon , college.
;Miss Kate Moore left Sunday 'o
begin her senior year at John. B.
Stetson University in . Florida.
The play "A Roor MarricdMan.
which vvas postponed on account ,ci
the characters, was
t wit ' 1 . - f- ., , ,
finally presented Saturday night wrm
a patched up cast ot character. H
was highly enjoyed by tlvsc pre t ;'.
Lester Tickled Pink
. . -
No, Pink -is not the name of ;i
girl.' ' but Lester f lende"'-"i i ttkh-d I
just the same. - He and Handd Sloa-i.;
recently- vent . down to . Atlanta and j
other nlaccs , in quest of goods f- r.
the S & L store. They found everv-;
thine under the sun. according to
Letter, and bought most eyervthmg
ih-'v -;'w.s Consetpicntlv Lester's ris
ibilities lrt e beftr active ever ' since
he came home. The (rood purrhaied
nrc beyinninV.' ' to r.rri'-:-. 3n.d.L-H--is
planng them .oil displ;-". tb rhmr
that he has the largest variety of
toys and holiday goods ever to come
to Franklin. In this issue Lester
has half a page ad telling the public
about the new goods.
Absentee Ballots Under
Lock Executive Com
mittee to Decide Whether
They Will B3 Counted.
The Democratic Primary ended here
Saturday at sundown with charges
and counter charges of crookedness.
The tension at the voting place in
Franklin for Franklin township be
came so acute as the 'polls closed that
the judges decided to'' place the ab
sentee ballots under lo;;k and key to
await a decision as. to whether these
ballots are to be counted. '-. W. A.
Norton, chirman of. the Democratic
executive coujniitUe . has called a ,1
meeting of the, committee for Monday,
September l7,tu ..take ..action on this
matter. News from Otto, the voting
l ! ' FAS?. mI
R'ss than in Franklin. ' Not only the
I sheriff but nine deputies are reported
to have been present , at Otto.
While the final results will not be
known until the meeting on the 17th
instant the count as it stands at
present indicates that Sheriff Ingram,
was renominated. J. . A. Porter was
successful in his race for represent
ative against Dr. W. A. Rogers, Dock
J. O. Harrison and J. A.
Parrish were apparently nominated
for commissioners, while Horace
Hurst was renominated for register
of deeds. Jf the absentee ballots are
counted these results may be changed.
Jt is said that the judges at crank-
I liii 'were intimidated and were tub
In fact, report - says that
these judges were practically told by
the henchmen of one candidatce what
they, must do and what they must not
do. One candidate claims that 1600
Republicans in the county voted in
the Democratic primary. More than
one township polled more votes than
arc registered as Democratic in the
townships concerned. Many Demo
cratic leaders in the county admit that
the party has slight show of carrying
the election in November. v They
state that the row not yet at an end
will result in the defeated faction's
voting the Republican ticket.
BIG TEN CREAM
C. L. Ingram.
Leonard Horn. .. . . ',
1). W. Lovc...
E. W. Howell......
F,. N. Keener..
C. W. Henderson 53.11
J. C. Ferguson 52.94
W. M. Parrish 49.43
T. N. Norton.;.;. 45.64
Or over $2.00
per day !
All candidates for the football team
at Franklin high were summoned last
Friday for a meeting" and practice on
the grade. Answering the call were
about twenty-five boys, who came
with a determination to make the
team. The team this year will be
much lighter than the one of last
season, but all indications point to
wards a fast and scrappy team. It
is gratifying to see so many boys out
and there will be some six. or seven
whirwUJ report rMondayT"forpracticer:
There will be thirteen members from
last seasons squad to be seen m
action every afternoon. Their names
appear as follows : Crawford, Henry
P. McCulhtm, Stewri't, Thomas, Wil
kic, Yotini. Theu- are the letter
men who are regular- iVoin last year.
The others are Jones, Barnard, J.
31 cCullum. IWfvrWfit'LTiscrr'Kcna
mviihi-:- of boys whose
t appear, v.bovc will be
o:i hand , to take .-pan.. Just because.
it it a; boys first year does not.
necessarillv mean that he will be" a
substitute or cut oft the, tjcam. The
team will be .dependent upon those
bovs who come out re::vi!ar and the
interest; and work tlnu ' uy set forth
for' their respective . -portion's. AVe
want two -'goctd teams this year in
order that we may be able to haye
a srrimace among the boys.
The first game will, be on the home
field the 22nd of this month with
either Hayesville or Bryson City,
Both of these teams have, been
practicing and is expected to put up
a stiff fight. . ..We rope that there
will be a big crowd to help our' bojes
win. The complete schedule will be
announced m a few days. ,s