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VOLUME XLIV FRANKLIN, ft. C THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1929 NUMBER FIFTEEN
At a mass meeting . Monday night
at which 33 voters were present May
or George Patton was again named
to head the ticket as mayor. The
following men were nominated as
aldermen: Ras Penland, M. L. Dow
dle, John Henry Cabe, H. W. Cabe, J.
S. Conley and Sugar Fork John
Messrs. Andy Wilson and Bascorn
Long made a business trip to Franlin
Mr. Hayse Bryson was a visitor at
Mr. Andy Wilson's home Sunday.
Mr. Jerry Wilsin and Miss Jean
Wilson made a business trip to
Scaly last week.
Mr. R. B. Wilson returned home
last Saturday night, from Scaly where
he has . been - visiting - friends and
Mr. Zeb Bryson was in this section
' last week end.
Mr. Radford Wilson spent last
week end with Mrs. H. C. Wilson.
Mr. Grady Smith was. a visitor at
Mr. Andy Wilson's home Sunday
Mrs. Z. U. McKinney and grandson
was the guest at Mrs. Andy Wilson's
Mr. Jerry Wilson and sister made
a business trip to Turtle Pond
Mr. Andy Wilson was a business
visitor at Mr. B. Wilson's home
Mr. Andy. Wilson made a business
trip to Mr. Frank Cabe's home
Broadwav on special business Tuesday
Mr. William Green was a business
visitor at Mr. Andy Wilson's home
Mr. Tom Smith was at Mr. Andy
Wilson's Friday afternoon on busi-
Mrs. Andy Wilson made a business
trip to Highlands Saturday.
Mr. W. T. Rogers, of Dillard, Ga.,
has recently been visiting his mother,
Mrs. Margaret Rogers.
Mr. and Mrs. Kerma Holland spent
Easter with Mr. Holland's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Radford Holland of
Mrs. W. E. Miller was visiting
her sister, Mrs. Carlye Morgan of
Bessie, N. C, Tuesday.
Mr. J. C. Stinwinters was visiting
Mr. Ben Rogers one day last week.
Mr, and Mrs. John H. Morgan
and little daughter, Estelle were visit
ing in Hamburg, Sunday.
Mrs. T. R. Zachary of Cashiers,
spent the week end with her mother,
Mrs. Margaret Rogers.
Mr. Lambert Moss, of Erastus
passed through this section Saturday.
Mr. Ben Gibson, of Gold Mine
was in this section one day last week.
Mr. J. T. Tilson of Richmountain
spent the week end with home folks.
Holly Springs News
Mr. and Mrs. Lumn Wilson were
in this section Sunday.,
Mr. Charles Ingram is driving a
There was a very large crowd at
Sunday School Sunday.
Miss Bida Elliot spent the week
end with home folk.
Mr. Woodrow Dalton has returned
from Richmountain. '
Mr. Joe Henry made a business
trip to Franklin Friday.
Mr. Robert . Patillo is confined to
his bed with the flu.
Mr. Claude Justice is Visiting his
mother, Mrs. P. H. Justice who is
confined to her bed at Mr. Byron
Mr. Medford Carver was' in .this
section" Sunday, visiting Miss Faye
Franklin, N. C' April 8, 1929
The Franklin Press, '
Franklin, N. C.
I would like to call your attention
to an error in the issue of last
week's Franklin Press. The Press
stated that I gave the young people
of the community a dance on Satur
day night. Such a statement is
false. , . .
, There was an outside social in
the grove near my home that night
but I was not even invited, 'and was
not there. According to the report
given by some of those present the
reporter was evidently not present
either as many of his facts are in
correct. If you will please make a correction
in this week's Press I shall surely
appreciate it. '
The Teacher Training Department
of the Franklin High School an
nounces ib opening of the Spring
Beginners .class Monday, April 15.
All children who expect to . enter
school in September are cordially in
vited to attend.
The children will be expected to
come to school at 8 :45 each morning
and stay until 10:30. They will not
need any school supplies or a lunch.
. Beginning classes in reading, phon
ies, language number work and writ
ing, cut work, drawing clay modeling,
and plays and games will be taught.
Songs and stories will have a large
part in the day's program. The
chieftain of the work will be to in
troduce the children to1 each other
and io school life so that they, will
want to come back in the fall and
so that their new life will be easy
Baptist Church News
Rev. Jesse Stalcup and Dr. Lee
committee on the Baptist cemetery,
ask that all people who have loved
ones buried at the old cemetery come
on April 25th, the day before deco
ration , day, and clean up the grave
yard. Many of the graves are tallen
in, and some of the tomb stones are
The members met at the church
on Monday and cleaned up the church
grounds and prepared for the plant
ing of flowers and beautifying the
church yard. The boys and girls
helped work on the church yard and
Mr.' Pannel and Alex Moore ' did
their part too.
The-Senior. B. Y. P. U, went-out
to Mt.: Hope and had a fine .program.
Hope appreciated their visit and gave
them a good audience.
The Masons came in large numbers
to the services last Sunday. The
choir rendered a beautiful anthem.
The services were helpful and many
expressions of appreciations were
made by the Masons and their wives.
The Mission study class will meet
at Mrs. Wilkie's ,on Thursday after
noon at three. Cars will leave the
church at 2 :30 and : talce; all who wish
Prayer meeting. Wednesday night
will continue . studies in the life of
The church voted to paint , the roof
with, two coats of protective roof
paint and appointed Bro. Stiles and
H. Childers on the committee with
brethren Fred Higdon, Silas Womack
and J. D. Franks.
Bro. Bob Womack was elected
Over 15,000 chapters in bible re
ported to date by Mrs. Murray.
The organized B. Y. P. U. will
give another public program similar
to the pageant on the fifth Sunday
in June. Mrs. Peek, Mrs. Mashburn,
and Miss Dalrymple are the com
mittee to Confer and recommend the
the next program.
The Senior Union will go to Iotla
on the third Sunday in April. Dr.
Lee will preach the dedication sermon
at Iotla on the third Sunday after
noon. Many beautiful flowers will adorn
the church yard this summer. About
20 men and women worked last Mon
day on the grounds. Flower shrubs
were ordered by Mrs. W. L. Higdon
from a Michigan nursery. A pro
fusion of flowers will greet the eye
if they do well and live.
COUNTY AGENTS WEEKLY
REPORTS FOR MARCH 30
Macon County, F. S. Sloan :
One man at Glenville last year
raised 20 tons of cabbages on one
acre using Reeds strain of cabbage.
On that basis they have a market for
600 tons this year and practically
that much acreage has been sub
scribed by farmers of that community.
Macon and Jackson counties held a
cooperative hog sale Wednesday and
sold the hogs at 11.85c delivered to
Asheville. At that time the Chicago
top was 11.65c. This, encouraged the
farmers and they are beginning to
make their plans for next year's sales.
Death of Mrs. Nichols
Mrs. John Nichols of upper Car
toogechaye died Monday evening at
3:00 P. M. of pneumonia and was
buried the following day at Maidens
Chapel.- Further details not available
at this Writing. v
Sun Parlor for Terrace
The Franklin Terrace is installing
another sun parlor on 'the east of
the main building. The porch 'has
been extended four or, five feet and
will be enclosed with glass. A large
door will connect the sun parlor with
the lobby. Two years ago a west
sun parlor was added to the structure.
It is understood that Judire Willis
Cemetery Receives Attention
of ClubWomen Set 100
Rose Vines Tuesday.
That the garden club of Franklin
is doing constructive work was made
manifest here Tuesday when the
members of that organization planted
100 Dorothy Perkins and Memorial
rose vines along the embankment
next to the highway at the cemetery
west of, Franklin. The club also has
plans . for further beautifying the
cemetery with flowers and shrubbery.
The club's, proposal to make Franklin
the zinnia town is receiving editorial
notice in the daily papers of the
state, both the Charlotte Observer and
the Asheville Citizen having referred
to this matter.
The local chapter of the U. D. C.
is also planning to beautify the bus
route through Franklin so that the
passengers may be favorably im
pressed with the beauty : of Franklin
The Clean-Up Week resulted in a
great improvement in the appearance
of Franklin and now that the women
of the town have set their hearts on
further beautifying Franklin, it is
predicted that visitors to this moun
tain gity during thesummer months
will have nothing but praise for the
appearance of Franklin.
North Carolina's first state-wide in
dustrial exposition will be held at the
State Fair grounds in Raleigh from
May 13 to May 18, 1929. It is being
presented by the directors of the state
fair, which is state owned and state
The object of this exposition is to
give the manufacturers an opportunity
to show their products at an exposi
tion in -which 'the manufacturing in-t
dustries will occupy the leading , role.
Our directors believe that this ini
tial industrial exposition will be of
vast benefit to manufacturers and to
the state. They hope to have the
close co-operating of every industrial
organization in North Carolina repre
sented by an exhibit, and in this' way
we can completely dnd intelligently
mirrow the state's industrial progress
and diversified activities.
In adidtion to industrial displays
there will be high class music with
entertainment and amusement features
both day and night.
All arrangements are being complet
ed for an attractive showing of every
exhibit.. We want your help and
co-operation. We will appreciate hear
ing from you and will gladly furnish
anv and all information desired.
Verv truly yours,
NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL
, T. B. SMITH, Sec.-Mgr.
Demonstration A Success
Approximately 60 people attended
the demonstration of the Super Fuel
Gas Stove at the school house last
Thursday night. This demonstration
was sponsored by the P. -T. A. Frank
lin. Miss Ella May wood, domestic
science teacher at the Sylva high
school, prepared the meal. She left
Sylva at 3:30 in the afternoon and
had a good meal ready for seventy
people by eight. Mr. Warren made
a short talk explaining the operation
and cost of the gas stove.
J. A. Porter & Company will hold
a mammoth sale beginning April 12
and closing April 29. Previous sales
by this firm have resulted in bring
ing much money into Macon county
from other counties in both this state
and Georgia. R. L. Porter, the
manager of' the firm, says that his
company is giving away many valuable
prizes in connection with the sale;
For the past few days the entire
force of clerks has been busy marking
prices on various articles and arrang
ing the stock for display. J. C.
Whitmire, who has managed other
sales for Mr. Porter, will have gen
eral supervision of the sale, though
i his son, Briscoe, will be in immediate
charge. Mr. Whitmire is predicting
a large volume of business during the
Macon to Lose Teachers
When the new state school law is
finally interpreted it appears certain
that under its provisions Macon coun
ty will lose from 10 to teachers in
the rural districts. Dfi't infm-m-i.
60,000 Brook Trout
J; J. Mann returned from Balsam
hatchery Monday with 60,000 brook
trout which were released in the
various pools of ' the county. The
fish warden states that' those with
rearing pools are? given preference
when fish are -received in Macon
county. It is estimated that when
small fry are released directly to the
streams not more than 10 percent
survive. On the other hand when
fish are placed in rearing pools
approximately ninety percent survive.
Author of "All at Sea"
Wrote Many Sucesses
, Byron Morgan who wrote the sce
nario for "All at Sea" in which. Karl
Dane and George K. Arthur are co
starred by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and
which will be shown , Monday and
Tuesday at the Macon Theatre, was
born in New York City and was a
successful short story writer before
turning his attention to films.
Since his connection with motion
pictures he has adapted a number of
stories of other authors to screen
use and has also written a number
of original manuscripts for the
Among his most recent original
stories are: "The Smart Set" and
"The Flying Fleet". "Rookies" was
also original by him. "All at Sea"
and two , of his early pictures.
"Rokicso" and the "Flying Fleet"
feature of the U. S military service,
a subject on which Morgan is con
iivixi L it
Two 'bluejackets, who are rivals in
love. Their fend very nearly dis
rupts the discipline of a navy train
ing station. x
Ken's Stunt Riding
Has Circus Thrills
If you miss the circus this sum
mer, you needn't, mind- just go to
see "The Unknown Cavalier" at
the Macon Theatre, Friday and Satur
day. For in this First National picture
produced by Charles R. Rogers you
will not see only a former Ringling
Brothers circus star, Ken Maynard,
now , a star of the screen, but you
will see one of the most exciting
"Roman rides" that you have ever
' In one sequence of the picture
Maynard," as the hero, Tom -Dmry,
offers to do some roman riding for
four ruffians whom he wishes to
"shake". He starts stunt riding one
horse, adding another to his team at
each turn of the course until he is
standing on the outside steeds of four
Then with a "Yipe-e-e-e-e-c--cece
in his best cowboy style, he rides
off across the desert to the rescue
of the heroine, leaving the thick
headed bandits gapping at each
other, with only "shanks marc" to
use in pursuit. .
These scenes were taken on the
edge of the far famed (for heat
and thirst) Death Valley, and if
it had not been for the August heat,
Ken would have enjoyed the riding,
thoroughly, as it took him back to
the days of the big top and the
cheering throngs to which he used to
play "in person" The Unknown
Cavalier was directed by Albctr Ro
f?ell. Thank Porter
Asheville, N. C, April 3, 1929.
Mr. J. A. Porter, v
Franklin, N. G. ,
My Dear Mr. Porter.
We have about recovered from the
siege of Raleigh, and are now pre
paring to gird our loins for the
campaign for city extension which was
made TJtftible in a large measure
through the efforts and help which
you so kindly furnished us in ob
taining the necessary legislation. . But
for the friendship and interest taken
in the Asheville Extension Bill by
you and other of our good friends,
it would have been impossible for
Asheville to grow this year.
We have felt that what you did
was more in the spirit of friendship
for us than any particular interest
in the local legislation affecting Ashe
ville. For this reason we are par
ticularly grateful to you and shall
always treasure the memory of your
courtesies and assistance..
You can further, add .to our quota
of happiness by visiting Greater
Asheville this summer and affording
us the opportunity to disabuse your
mind of many erroneous impression
attempted to be created about thi j
the finest city in the United States.
Hoping to have the pleasure of see
ing you in AshevilleAthis summer,' vc
Georgians Will Probably Or
ganize Co. To Work Old
Iotla or Bowers Mine
Ore Samples Submitted
, For th6 past Several months inter
ested parties from North Carolina,
and other states have been coming to
Macon county to investigate the min
eral deposits found here in abundance.
These investigations have revealed the
fact that there are large deposits of
cyanite, maganese, mica . kaolin,
precious and semi-precious gems.
Bauxite has also been found recently
in what is - believed! to be ' paying
quantities. In a book of mineralogy
written by Prof. Dana of Harvard
and published about 1900 it is stated
that Macon county is the only place
in the United States where sperrylite
is found. Sperrylite is ore containing
platinum. However, no local citizen
can be found who knows the locality
where sperrylite was found.
For the past month the new and
old mica mines of Macon county have
been receiving considerable attention
from citizens from other staates.
Some of the old mica mines that were
worked by crude methods before and
after the Civil War are again being
considered as valuable property. The
government geological report of 1898-9?
refers to these old mines and states
thaFlinthat time reports were circa-
longer considered as valuable. . The
report goes on to say that none of
these mines had been worked to a
depth greater than 100 feet and that
they were abandoned not because of
lack of mica but because the miners
had no way of ridding the mines of
water at the greater depths. Going
on the report further states: "Thert
can be little doubt that in case of a
considerable number of these mines,
hv the use of the steam pump, the
steam drill, and other modern appli
ances, a number of these old mica
mines could be opened up anew and
1 1 1 Jl Mil
thus, like tfiejClarissa, the Sink Hole,
the Hawk and the Cloudland, in
Mitchell county; the Ray mine of
Yancy county; the iotla, the Ray
and Bumingtown mines of Macon
county, which together have yielded
considerably more than $1,000,000
worth of mica while being worked by,
crude methods, if . opened up anew
under more favorable conditions,
would Undoubtedly yield a supply of
mica for many years to come as
great or greater than that which they
have yielded in the past." ,
One of the most indefatigable
workers engaged in interesting outside
capital in Macon county mineral de-"
posits is M. D. Billings, county
superintendent of schools. Friday W.
S. Richardson of Augusta, Ga., Paul
Brown of Elberton, Ga., and W. D.
Beachman of Athens, Ga., visited Mr.
Billings to inspect the old Iotla or
Bowers mica mine. The inspection,
is said to have proved so satisfactory
these gentlemen have returned to
their homes with the intention of
organizing a company to carry on the
work in the Iotla mine, abandoned
many years ago. At the museum in
Raleigh is a block of mica from this
mine said to be the finest specimen
of mica ever known in the world.
Mr. Billings is much encouraged over
the prospect of further work in the
old Iotla mine.
It is believed here that the pro
posed increased duty on mica from
India and other foreign countries is
having its effect; ; At least one other
old mine in addition to the Iotla or
Rowers mine is being considered for
further' work. Farmers in Macon
county Who hav e been walking over
deposits for many years are at least
realizing the opportunities that they
have been overlooking In fact there
is a general awakening in this county
to the importance of its mineral de
posits. For many years the farmer
who took his pick and shovel and
prospected hi holdings for mineral
was considered by others "a leetle bit
off." Now there is a different story
to tell. Men from all over the
county are bringing samples of
various ores to Franklin, being no
longer ashamed to be seen hunting
for the wealth that may lie under
their respective farms.
High Average for Franklin
Miss Elizabeth Cunningham, daugh
ter of Mr. and MrS. W. C. Cunnings
ham, student af Ward-Belmont school
for girls at Nishville, Tenn., has
been placed on the honor roll of thrt