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Fire Control Force of Nan
tahala Forest Represent
ing Three States Discuss
(Special to Press)
Lakemont, Ga., Sept. 22. On Sep
tember 21 and September 22, the
year-long and temporary fire control
force of the Nantahala National
Forest, located in Macon county,
North Carolina, Oconee county, South
Carolina, and Rabun and Habersham
counties, Georgia, met at "Press Hav
en" on Lake Kabun three miles . west
of Lakemont to discuss ways and
means of improving on the fire con
trol efforts that are being put forth
by the forest service forces for the
protection against fire, and the tim
ber resources of the Nantahala Forest
and the . lands adjacent to it.
The meeting was a great success
and no little proportion of this suc
cess was due to the very fine co
operation of the Georgia Press as
sociation which very 'kindly turned
over to the forest officers their de
lightful camp on Lake Rabun. Suc
cess was due in part also to the very
fine meals, that. were served by Mrs.
Crowe, at the Lake Rabun hotel.
;TW,'(ttVlaii:2'::ii,. tut. ic;:i:;i;r sum-
seven, were members of the Nantaiialal
National Forest fire control force.
Four-members of the Pisgah Nation
al Forest attended and one member
of the N,orth Carolina State Forest
service. Members of the Georgia
Forest service were unable to attend
due to the fact that the Waycross
Forestry fair was being held at the
The' first half of the session which
began art noon on the 21st included
discussions of general interest in the
fire control problem as represented
by the methods of fire prevention,
-of preparedness and actual fire sup
pression work. Supervisor. Arthur A.
Wood of the Nantahala National For
est opened the meeting with a short
talk as to the purpose of it and ex
tended .a 'welcome to all of the at
tendants. He was followed by Su
pervisor Mattoon of the Pisgah Na
tional Forest who extended greetings
from this organization. W. K. Beich
lcr of the North Carolina State For
est service talked on game protec
tion and pjroblems of general interest
pertaining to the Western 1 )istrict of
: the North Carolina State Forest ser
vice. Ranger Z. B. Byrd of Nanta
vhala Forest gave a short talk on the
guard's place in the fire organization
of the Nantahala district. Ranger R.
C Nicholsbn talked very ably on the
subject of fire prevention on the
Clayton district of the forest, As-
sistant Forester John Wasilik, Jr.,
pointed out the reduction of land
values as the result of forest fire
and the resulting low prices that the
government will pay for burned over
land as compared to unburncd. Jr.
Forester John Byrne discussed the ef
fects of forest fires on the manage
ment of the timber crop, pointing out
that successful timber management
' which should result in a continuous
supply of high grade forest products
is impossible when management plans
are upset through the loss of timber
through burning. Following these set
talks around table discussion was en
tered into analyzing, criticising and
suggesting methods for the improve
ment of fire suppression work using
"certain '.individual' fires -of last year as
samples. In the evening Forest Ser
vice Lecturer Wm. L. Maule talked
to the assembled forest officers on
fire prevention, illustrating with stcre
opticon views and moving pictures of
fire control work. Ranker Maule is
at present on the Nantahala National
Forest with a moving picture outfit
and exhibits will be, made on the
"Southern . Appalachian Project which
extends from Virginia to Florida. 'He
will visit the towns and school houses
far back into- the mountains, using
yihe illustrated lecture and moving pic-
Uir?s to stress the importance of fire
prevention in the forests.
The second day ; oi the meeting.
' September 22nd, opened" by a discus
sion of the fire control history of the
Nantahala Forest bv , Supervisor Ar
thur A. 'Wood. He illustrated hw
talk bv honing in graphic form grid-.!
v nal diminution in number of fri."
and acreage burned over' in a . perio-'
of nine vears. In spite of set back
due . to bad weather conditions and
other factors which caused outbursts
Dutch Corporation to Spend
$10,000,000 on Hominy
Creek Annual Payroll of
This week Asheville is celebrating
the successful conclusion of negotia
tions that have, brought to Hominy
creek section the largest rayon plant
in the world. Engineers for the Enka
cornoration of Holland snent manv
months in this country investigating
the claims of 51 cities as a location
for the plant. Asheville finally con
vinced this company of the superior
advantages of that city.
To give The Press readers some
idea of the new rayon plant the fol
lowing is reprinted from the Asheville
Citizen of Sunday:
Enka In A Nutshell
... The plant will be the largest rayon
mill in the world.
It will employ 5,000 persons, 2,000
,men and 3,000 women.
The annual payroll will be about
The plant will cost $lU,UUU,uuu ana
construction work will begin this week.
The land, which is opposite the
Valkyrie dairy, cost Enka $750,000.
Two miles of railroad siding will be
built for the plant.
Ail impounding dam tcu hold -1 ou,uuu,r
water a day.
When the Enka village has been
completed it twill house 25,000 persons,
which will - give Asheville a popula
tion, of tnore than 100,000, making this
city the largest in the Carolinas.
Enka will manufacture only raw
rayon. The thread will be sold to
other manufacturers for weaving in
to cloth. ...
Enka will bring other industries
here. Such plants invariably follow
a rayon plant so as to be near the
source of raw materials.
Enka will use spruce wood, both
from Canada and from Western North
Carolina forests, to make rayon.
Enka officials will reside in Ashe
ville 'for several years, or permanently-''
Local' labor', and materials will be
usfl in every instance possible.
The Enka site comprises approx
imately 2,000 acres of land.
' The plant will consume 30,000. to 60,
000 tons of coal annually.
The plant will use 125,000,000 .kil
owatt hours of electrical power an-
The plant will consume about 6,000
tons of sulphite pulp annually and
about 35,000 tons of chemicals.
The plant will operate on three
shifts, running continuously from
Monday morning to Saturday evening.
The value of the annual production
will be about $10,000,000.
Paving, street railway lines, bus
lines, telephone lines and water mains
will be extended to the plant.
Dr. A. F. L. Moritz will have charge
of the plant. Dr. Moritz, his wife and
six children will live in Asheville, the
children attending school here.
Work wil begin on the grading for
foundations this week.
More than $3,000,000 will be spen
in constructing the plant.
The plant is supposed to be fulF
complcted and operating within 1H
The plant will cover 75 acres of
of fire, the gradual trend has been
downward both as to number, and
the acreage burned over each year.
Jr. Forester John Byrne gave illumi
nating description of the fire detect
ing system of the. Nantahala Forest
as developed ' by the use of look
out towers and fire finding apparat
us. J. G. Siler, Jr., made a very
good talk on the' place of the Nan
tahala Forest road organization in fire
control work. Ranger T. C. Flint
made a very illuminating comparison
of the record of the Nantahala For
est as compared to the other forests
of the Appalachians as to speed in
getting to fires after they have been
discovered and reported. Several oth
er subjects were discussed more or
less in detail. As a result of this
discussion, during which the related
experience of Assistant Supervisor
John W. McNair of the Pisgah Na
tional Forest was; brought in, the
organization of private citizens living
in and around the forest' is being
developed into what is called the
(Continued on page eight) ; ..
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1928
Of Rotary Club
Wednesday night of last week the
teachers of the Franklin public schools
were the guests of the local Rotary
club on the occassion of Ladies' night
at Roger's Hall. In the absence of
President Devereaux Rice, Sam Franks
acted as toastmastcr and introduced
Prof. M. D. Billings who made the
address of welcome to the teachers.
After this talk, which resulted in
many chuckles Prof. G. L. Hotik,
principal of the public schools -..at
Franklin, introduced , in happy vein
each of the teachers among whom
were a number of new faces. Mrs.
Louise Harden then sang two songs
which were much appreciated by those
present. Mrs. Dick Hudson also
entertained the audience with two vo
cal selections. Both singers were ac
companied on the piano by Mrs.
Smith Harris. Mrs. Flint, one of the
new teachers, greatly amused the
crowd by telling the fortunes of Prof.
KeslerV and Dick Jones. If Mrs.
Flint told the truth, Franklin has no
undesirable characters. Next came
the hit of the evening when Miss
Ruth Oliver hypnotized Miss Rachael
Davis. Whilei under the hypnotic
influence of Miss Oliver, Miss Davis
proceeded to whistle Dixie to the
queen's taste. Wives of all the
Rotatians, excepting those of Dick
Jones and Alf Higdon. were at the
Rl L Buys Out Steve
AorAv1ner . ta " " ail. ' " aiinoiiiu-MiiPiit
bought the interest of his brother,
Steve, in the store of J. ' S. Porter
& Company. The store will continue
to do business under the old name.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CANDIDATES
To Each Candidate for County Commissioner:
In order that the citizens of the county may
cast their ballots in an intelligent maner it is neces
sary that they know the views of the candidates for
county commissioner on various questions affect
ing the welfare of Macon county. Consequently, at
the requests of many voters of this county, The
Press is propounding to you the following ques
tions: 1. Are you in favor of making sufficient ap
propriation to carry on the work of the extension
service in Macon county?
2. In view of the fact that the law requires a
county auditor what will be your attitude on the
employment of an auditor?
3. Do you believe that the county instead of
the township should be made the road unit? If so,
what would be your plans for building and main
taining the county roads?
4. Are you in favor of employing a home dem
onstration agent? ,
5. Are you in favor of a county supervisor of
6. In what manner do you propose to lower
taxes and just how much do you estimate that taxes
can be lowered?
7. In the event that the county is made the
road unit, would you be in favor of a county man
ager, provided that said manager is also made road
8. Awe you in favor of a four months school
9. Are you in favor of an eight months school
10. Do you believe in lowering salaries of school
11. Are you in favor of operating school busses?
12. Do you favor the repeal of the absentee
13. If elected, will you take the leadership in the
abolishment of crooked politics in Macon county?
' Very truly yours,
THE FRANKLIN PRESS.
NOTE The Press goes to the home of each candidate for com
Ninety-Five Percent Qualified
Voters Go To Polls Tuesday
Up until noon Monday of this
week the following civil cases of
the present term of superior court
had been disposed of in the follow
McCoy vs J. B. Justice. Demurer
by defendant. Appealed to supreme
court by plaintiff.
Hedden, Adm., vs Dr. Angel et al,
Younce vs Andrews Hardwood com
pany, judgment for plaintiff.
Bryant Furniture company vs On
tcora Rod & Gun Club, judgment for
Sanders vs Stockton, mistrial.
C. C, West vs Franklin, Mineral
Products company, judgment for de
fendant. James Deal vs W. 15. Hopper, judg
ment for defendant.
H. G. Robertson vs W. L. McCoy,
judgment for plaintiff.
Several cases have been continued
and there still remained on the dock
et Monday at noon 17 cases for trial.
The Franklin Hi held the strong
team of the Sylva Collegiate In
stitute to a scoreless tie in the. first
footbalUgame. of the season here last
Saturday. The S. C. I, boys averaged
li ve puuiius lieirt 'iCT"' l&iiTS2' ?ar.!r?
downs than ' the opposing team but
neither side was able to score. Both
teams tried several forward passes,
Ktif nrt-tt iifie r vtn fil rt nrl
Alex Moore Starts the Ball
Rolling Resulting in Land"
slide For the Sale of Pow
That the voters of Franklin have
faith in R. M. Mead and his promises
of industrial development of Franklin
was' amply demonstrated here Tuesday
when the citizens of Franklin voted
overwhelmingly to sell the power plant
to Mr. Mead. Alex Moore started
the ball rolling by casting the first,
vqte soon after the polls opened.
Some claim that Alex arose before
daylight and patiently waited at the
polling place until the election of
ficials arrived. There were 302 regis
tered voters qualified to. vote in the
election. Of this number 283 voted
in favor of selling the plant while
two cast their votes against the sale.
Seventeen, nearly all of whom were
out of town Tuesday, did not vote.
Approximately 95 per cent of the
qualified voters cast ballots.
It is expected that title to the prop
erty will be transferred to the Jupollo
Public Service company before the
end of the present month. With
deeds to the power plant in possession-
of- this- company. Mr., Mead, .its'
president,: has announced!- thalum- .
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complete new powcr'lifies ni the" cityT
of Franklin and that, in all prab
ability, lines will be built into the
rural sections. Whether or not the
latter will be undertaken depends al
most entirely on the wishes of the
In connection with the vote to sell
the. power plant Mr. Mead, presideht
of the Jupollo Public Service com
pany, on behalf of himself and his
company has requested The Press to
publish the following:
Asheville, N. C. Sept. 26, 192K.
Major S. A. Harris,
l'.ditor. Franklin Press,
Franklin, N. C.
My dear. Major;
On behalf of my sell, and the Jupollo
Public Service company I desire to
extend. my thanks to the good cTNens .
of ' Franklin for their confidence as
evidenced by the almost unanimous
vote yesterday in' favor of selling the
municipal power plant to the. above
named company. I am of the opinion
that Franklin's future is very bright.
In connection with the future I here
by give an unrestricted pledge of
fair dealing and honest treatment with
the citizens of both town and sur
rounding community. I further pledge
mv honest, conscientious and untiring
efforts to the development of your
town and adjacent country. I still
further pledge assistance in helping
finance any mcritorius project, includ
ing Lake Emory, that will help ad
vertise or bring prosperity to the
town and power company. Of course,
whatever helps one. will also aid the
You will do me a kindness through
vour paper by again expressing my
"sincere thanks to the citizens of
Franklin and by extending to them
my best wishes for the future.
Very truly yours,
K. M. MEAD.
President, Jupollo Public Service Co.
In a telephone conversation Mr.
Mead stated Wednesday that b
wishes to secure title to thc power
plant as' soon as possible. To ch:ar
up all leyal details this may require
;t much as twenty days or longer.
However, Mr; Mead wants the people
of. "Franklin to understand mat, re-
gardless of the dale oi transfer of
i title. In- wW meet the payment of
I interest and principal on the bonds
I that fall due October first. Mr. Mead
' , miller slated that lie lias practically
Lcloscd the deal for rental of the store
room next to the new post otticc ana
thatj ni the. event the ileal is def-iniff'k-
rlosi'd. he will have the elec-
! trie service, store in operation by thrt .
I.t'uie the power plant i, delivered. He
I further has. in 'mind n large electric
sign for Franaklin that can be seen
and read at quite a distance. H is
understood, tliat this itn will DC
placed on some elevated site.
P.-T. A. Meeting
I -. '.
j There will be a meeting of the
i P.-T. A. at the, school building
October 5th.. This is the first meeting
of this new school year and "a gwod
j attendance is desired. ?