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Uisui used Scenery
Elate Game Refuge
17 Peaks Over 5.CC0
Ideal Dairy County
Cheap Electric Power
OF DRIVpiG CAR
Citizens Want Streets Made
Safe For Humans -No
Evidence of Liquor and
No Arrests Made.
Last Thursday while breakfast was
being served at the Franklin Hotel j
& Restaurant a car parked in. front
of the place began moving off down;
Main street. "Hellup," yelled C. W.
Hames, genial manager of the res
taurant. '-'Stop, thief," howled H. L.
Hendrix of Bethlehem, Ga., owner of
the car. "Back up there," growled
Chief Henry, whataya thing you are
doing?" The driver of the car paid
no attention to threats and madly
careened across the street and ran
into the curb in front of the Mun
day hotel. An investigation proved
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a iui ui iiinigs. i-icuik.hu lids uctunjc
used to morons and children driving
cars and so far has . managed to
get . along without the help of the
State highway partol, but, then Frank
lin so far has had to deal only
" with the human element in .all traffic
problems. But at the time mentioned
it appears that a mud trutrle had
taken charge of the wheel. This
animal, fish, or whatever it is,plainly
showed that it is not entirely fa
miliar with the mechanism of a
high powered car. In fact, the turtle
fdr-its first lesson in driving auto
mobiles, is considered to have done
well in getting the car started. His
flippers did not seem to hang any
too well to the smooth wheel. At
. any , rate, as a steersman, the turtle
was a complete flop. Even, at that,
one Wag insists that said utrtle did
as well driving a car as some humans
However, the general concensus of
opinion in Franklin indicates that if
turtles are to be permitted to drive
" cars on the streets of the town, it
is high time that a strong detatch
ment of the state highway patorl be
'stationed here to see that all traffic
rules are complied with. TSome claim
that the daddy turtle's fiasco was due
to back seat interference, since, when
the car was finally overtaken by
Chief Henry, mamma turtle ' was
calmly' sitting in the back seat wear
ing an expression of extreme inno
cence. "' " ' " :'
. It appears that Mr. and Mrs. H.
L .Hendrix of Bethlehem, Georgia,
and Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Harris of
Winder, Georgia, had been out to
Turtle Pond the previous day and
captured a male and female turtle.
These turtles were left, in the. car
in a sack. Both turtles evidently
became hungry and escaped from the
sack atbreakf ast time. Mamma turtle
took her assigned place on the back
seat while daddy turtle began investi
gating the mysteries of the automo
bile which had been left in low
gear overnight. He finally parked
himself on the starter and began
the return trip to Turtle Pond. As
there was no evidence to show that
Mr. Turtle was under the influence
of likker Chief Henry decided to
make no arrests. There has been
some talk of a mass meeting to
present a demand to the proper
authorities to make the streets of
Franklin safe for human beings.
First Class Scouts Installed
At the scout house last week two
boys, Billy Sloan and Tony Welch,
were installed as first class scouts
before a court of honor composed of
J. S. Conley, Dick Jones Major S. A.
Harris and the scout master, Rev. J.
A. Flanagan. The ceremony, though
simple, was very impressive and the
boys passed the test with flying colors.
After the commissioner, represented
by the scout master, had pronounced
the two candidates first class scouts,
the court resolved itself into an
examining board and questioned Tony
Welch and Jess Myers, who had
recently moved here from Sheridan,
Wyoming, on venous projects in
which boy scouts are supposed to
toe efficient. The examination covered
many subjects such as pathfinding,
map making, wood carving, civics,
plumbing, sanitation, city, county, state
. and national governments; etc. The
' board was exceedingly pleased and
surprised at the vast amount of in
formation that the boys had ac
quired as scouts. Both Tony and Jess
passed all subjects with ease. It is
ibelieved here that the installation of
first class scouts will have a whole
some effect upon the local troop and
that other boys will strive to attain
System Now In
According to an announcement made
here Monday by George Johnston,
manager of the Western Carolina
Telephone company, this organiza
tion has just completed a new tele
phone system at Highlands which is
now in operation. The system in
cludes a new switchboard, improved
quarters, a cable in the business part
of town and other improvements in
cluding new telephones. A copper
metallic circuit has been installed out
to the golf course club house and
also from Highlands to Sylva. Mrs.
Ollie Talley has been engaged as
Court reassembled at the Morgan
school house Saturday night. The
grand jury produced the , following
true bill. State ys. W. E. Smith,
forcible tresspass on individuals prop
erty gathering pokesallet. E. B. Byrd,
Judge, Tillery Love and Fred And
erson attorneys for the State. C A.
Randolph attorney for the defendant.
Witnesses for the State, Furman
Anderson, Clyde Morgan, Clint Byrd,
and Everett Hampton. For the de
fendant, J. V. Smith, R. C. And
erson, J. D. Smith and James Ander
son. The following men were drawn
as jurors : Tom Queen, Robert Bur
nette, Carlos Rogers, Vina Holbrooks,
Ralph Dean, Edna Morgan Char
acter witnesses were, Grover Welch,
Ruth Byrd, C. E. Carnes, Laura
Welch, Fred Owenby.
The State contended that Mr. Smith
went from two to five miles with
his wagon and leave the public high
way and gathered pokesallet. Some
of the witnesses stated that they had
their land posted and had told Mr.
Smith many times that he must stay
off their premises, also stated when
he' didn t take the wagon that he
would gather pokesalet and carry
same in five bushel oat sacks. One
witness claimed that Mr. Smith had
a furnace and kiln in his field to' dry
this pokesalet. All witnesses were
asked if they had ever been at Air.
Smith's at meal time and if hevserved
this pokesallet. AH witnesses were
yes. One witness claimed he liked
Mr. Smith but couldn't, learn to like
poke-sallet. The defendant's witnesses
claimed Mr. Smith's plantation was
covered with pokesallet stalks large
enough to hold up two large ground
hogs and he had fields laying out
which was covered with pokesallet.
Both sides made a hard fight. The
attorneys spoke five minutes each
and the judge made his charge to
the jury and turned the case over
to them. The jurors were gone about
15 minutes and returned a verdict of
guilty. . The judge gave Air. Smith
one year of hard labor handling
rock. The defendant took an appeal
to the supreme court. All had a
hearty laugh. The sheriff dismissed
the court till Saturday night week at
8 P. AI.
Mr. A. G. Duvall met the mis
fortune of getting his leg mashed
while cutting logs.
Miss Ruth Byrd has gone to Otter
creek to assume her duties as school
Mr. Tillery5 Love of Clarkesville,
Ga., has begun his school at the
Morgan school Alonday.
Thomas Johnston Promoted
Thomas Johnston who has been
with the A & P only eight months
has made a remarkable record, it
was announced here Tuesy He
has been promoted to the manager
ship of one of the company's stores
in the city of Raleigh and left
Saturday to take up his new duties.
Mr. Johnston is only 21 years of
age and is said to be one of the
youngest, if not the youngest, man
agers in the service of the company.
His many friends in Franklin are
extending him : their congratulations.
Mrs. Johnston will join her husband
at Raleigh in the near future.
SPECIAL SERVICES AT
SLAGLE MEMORIAL CHURCH
Beginning on Sunday morning and
continuing through the week, a pro
tracted service will, be held in the
Slagle Alemorial Presbyterian church.
The Rev. R. F. Alock of the Franklin
Alethodist church, will conduct the
services and do the preaching. Mr.
J. W. Street 'will direct the song
Rev. Mock will preach on Sunday
evening at 8 o'clock and each eve
ning at this hour throughout theweek.
Everyone is given a cordial invita
tion to attend any and all of these
Good Roads to Bring Back
Section of Macon County
By WEIMAR JONES
In Asheville Times
North Carolina's good roads are
about to redeem another "lost" region
of the state.
For over a half a century that
section of Alacon county in which the
little town of Highlands is situated
has been a part of South Carolina
in everything but name.
But at last it is about to come
back into North Carolina, thanks to
means of transportation, and North
Carolinians are waking up to the fact
that, while they have been neglecting
this rough and beautiful country, the
people of other states have seen its
possibilities and literally taken the
region over. '
Witness just two facts: Citizens of
Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia
and half a dozen other states have
gone to Highlands once, and then , re
turned a second, time to build as
beautiful summer homes as may be
found anywhere in Western North
Carolina ; and today Georgia capital
ists, with the cooperation of High
lands business men, are constructing
a golf course, up there on the top of
the world, that has been declared by
men who know to give promise of
being as fine as any in the South.
. Two Distinctions:
Highlands has, certainly, , two dis
tinctions: It lays claim to being the
highest incorporated town in the
east ; and it undoubtedly is the most
cosmopolitan comnlunity in the South.
Year 'round . residentsquest for
beauty brought some, while that for
health drew others.
To get back into North Carolina
by this route .the traveler took the
Tallulah. Falls railway from Dillard
New Road Being Built
And the third chapter is being writ
ten today. The State is constructing.
as a part of No. 28, a road direct
from Highlands to Franklin.
The State is 'building a road and
Rather, the. State is blasting out a
. And what a road! .
It follows the course of the CuHasa
ja river, rising some 1,500 feet in a
few miles, and stands, at some points
250 feet above the river's gorge, with
the rock dropping sheer from the
road to the cataract at the bottom
of .the mountain. Above the rock
towers straight up again.
For a distance of .-1,000 horizontal
feet, here is the procedure that was!
followed; From the opposite side of
the mountain, the top of the cliff,
above where the road now stands, was
reached. Then men were lowered by
ropes to the point where the highway
was to be cut out of the granite.
Holes were drilled, "loaded," and the
dynamite blasts set off. Then the
same process was repeated.
This point is near one of the three
beautiful falls along this stretch of
No. 28 that, for scenery, combines
waterfall, precipitous and frowning
gray stone cliffs, and vistas of dis
tant mountains. The second "Dry"
falls, long famous for the fact that
one can walk, . dry underneath the
rock over which the river pours.
And at the third waterfall the high
way engineers, through accident or
intent, have done something that will
draw exclamation from the most blase.
Coming from Highlands, the motorist'
suddenly rounds a curve to see almost
directly above him Bridal Veil falls.
The water leaps gracefully from a
rock overhanging the road, and strikes
the outer edge of the highway, ran
dom drops rattling on the top of the
car as the machine passes underneath
Grading Almost Complete
It is appropriately named. The wa
ter is that of a comparatively small
tributary of the Cullasaja, and as it
nears the top of a cliff, on the outer
edge of the road, its spray is hardly
more than mist.
The 1 grading of the road is prac
tically complete after two years of
work. Plans are to hardsurface it.;
highway commission officials estimate
that the grading will be complete
within 1 about two months. It is 20
miles in length.
About a year ago a group of Atlanta
business men, golfing bent, "dis-
; covered". Highlands. Thereupon High
lands Estates, Inc. was organized, and
work was begun on the Highlands
golf course and country club. The
group includes, among others, Robert
I T. Jones, father of Bobby Jones. A
At Black Place
The 79 reunion of the Siler family
of Alacon county and elsewhere will
take place this year oh August first
at the Black Place across the Nanta
hala mountains from Franklin. Uncle
Charlie Slagle, owner of the Black
Place and hundreds of adjoining acres,
will have the honor of entertaining
the family this year. A more beauti
ful place for the reunion could not
have been chosen. This beautiful
old mountain home rests on a grassy
knoll overlooking the Nantahala river
and for years has been noted for its
true hospitality. The drive from
Franklin to the Black Place is one
of unsurpassed grandeur. Uncle Char
lie is expecting the largest attendance
this year in the history of these reunions.
Program of the Alacon County
Baptist Association at Ridcecrest
church, Wednesday, August 7 and 8.
August 7. .
10:00 A, AI. Devotional, A. S. Soles
bee. Call for Correspondents. . i
Call for Church Letters.
Election of Officers.
11.00 A. AI. Sermon.
1 :00 P. AI. Devotional, D. C, Alc
Coy. Reading Church letters.
2:00 P. M. Cooperative Plan.
2:30 P. AI. Temperance Report.
2:45 P. AI. Report of Periodicals.
3:50 P. M. Appointment of Com
mittees. Aliscellaneous Business. ,
Thursday, August 8
9:30 A. AI. Devotional, A. J. Smith.
10:00 A. AI. W. M. Union Report.
10:30 A. AI. B. .Y. P. U. Report.
11:00 A. M. Stewardship.
11.30 A. M. Christian Education.
Dinner, one hour.
1:00 P. M. Reports on Foreign,
Home and State Alissions.
2:00 P. M. Ministerial Relief.
2:15. P. AI. Historian's Report.
2:30 P. AI. Obituaries.
Adjourn at will.
Attends Rotary Convention
Attorney Gilmer Jones who was
recently ' installed as president of
the local Rotary club has been at
tending a convention of the presidents
of the clubs in the 58th district at
Tryon this week. Rotary Interna
tional now has clubs in 54 countries
of the world.
number of Highlands business men
also own stock.
$75,000 Golf Course
Four hundred acres was purchased,
much of it thick-set in rhododendron
and laurel, and work began. The 18
hole golf course, when completed will
have cost approximately $75,000.
The almost complete club house was
burned last April, but work was al
most immediately begun on a new
structure, which will be finished in
about three months at a cost of $75,
000. The size of the biulding can be
visualized by pointing out that it will
be almost a quarted of a mile around.
A formal opening is planned for next
The course itself, nine holes- of
which are complete, was laid off by
Donald Ross, noted golf architect. It
has a smooth and velvety turf
where a few months ago was wilder
ness as could be imagined, surround
ed by strikingly beautiful mountain
scenery, with water practically always
in view. On one side is the munici
pal lake, on the other a new lake
built by Highlands Estates, Inc.
' Sequel To Fire
An interesting sequel to the fire of
last April is revealed in. a rhododen
dron bush growing nearby. The heat
of the flames killed one side of the
bush; it is leafless and the branches
are blackened that farthest from the
fire is filled with beautiful blossoms.
Incidentally,' this is the height of
the rhododendron - season in High
lands. The abundant rhododendron
in the town and the surrounding
country are loaded with blossms so
thick one could hardly touch a bush
without coming in contact with a
The altitude some 3,800 feet is
responsible of course, for the later
blossoming of rhododendron and other
flowers at Highlands. People there
say that the season is approximately
three weeks later in Highlands than
in Horse Cove, which is in plain view
from near the town. Horse Cove is
about three or four miles away by
road, and approximately half a mile
distant by airline a perpendicular
Municipalities and Other
Subdivisions of the State
Come Under Compensa
tion Statute. '
Employees of counties, municipalities
and other subdivisions of the State
are subject to the provisions .of the
State Workmen's Compensation Act,
and counties especially must make
provision in their budgets to either
pay the premiums necessary to cover
possible, injury to employees and to
pay. the maintenance tax due the
State, all county accountants and
boards of commissioners are being
advised in a letter from the County
Government Advisory Commission.
County officials may insure the
county's liability for accidents to its
employees with an insurance company
authorized to do business in North
Carolina or they may elect to let the
county assume its own risk, the
letter , explains. The latter method
has been adopted by the State f
North Carolina for its departments
and institutions, and it is expected
that many of the counties will, follow
this same plan. In either event,
however, application must be made
to the Industrial Commission on a
special form. The Industrial Com-.
mission has agreed to approve county
applications for self-insurance without
proof of its financial ability to as
sume its own risk.
Application for self-insurance must
be made within 30 days after July
1, 1929, but the Industrial Commission
urges that applications be made before
this date if possible, in order to
prevent a last-minute rush.
In the applications, the county must
indicate the departments involved, the
number of employees in- each and
the payroll. Elected .officials ap
pointed for a definite term are not
included. Greensboro Daily News.
The Baptist Meeting
Preparation is in course for the
Baptist meeting with Dr. E. E. Hunts
berry of Louisiana and Air. David
Alashburn of Andrews, N. G, as
sisting the pastor, Dr. W. M. Lee.
Six cottage prayer meetings will
be held this week three on Thurs
day afternoon at three at the homes
of Dr. Lee, Mrs. J.. M. Carpenter,
and Airs. W. L. Higdon and three
on Friday afternoon at three at the
homes of Airs. Geo. Carpenter, ' Airs.
Wilkie and Airs. Oscar Bryant. Dr.
Lee will lead two. Mr. Mashburn
will lead two and Rev. J. B, Stalcup
will lead two. .
The prayer meeting Wednesday
night at the church will be led by
Afr. David ' Alashburn and he has
styled it a soul winning prayer meet
ing. A census of the city and sur
rounding country will be taken. The
country churches have been invited to
send in delegations.
Dr. Huntsberry will preach at
Ridgccrest church next Sunday after
noon at three. Services will be held
each day beginning next Sunday at
eleven A. M., and 8:15 P. AI.
Dr. Huntsberry has many friends
in all the churches of .the city. He
made himself much beloved while
he was in our town last year. The
country pe6ple came in large numbers
last year. They are expected to hear
him in large numbers this year.
The church is making an effort this
week to clear up a debt of 550 dol
lars which is the last debt of the
church. So far this year nearly six
thousand dollars , have been raised
in the church. The Home Board
debt has been entirely settled and
the church building has no mortgage
on it at present. It will be dedicated
at a date to be set by the church.
Fifty young people have recently
graduated in the B. Y. P. U. course
of training and will receive diplomas
at an early date.
The': roof is being painted with a
coat of paint preserver and an im
provement is being made in the
general appearance of the building.
Dr. Geo. F. Austin of the Home
Board preached to large congrega
tions last Sundayl Mrs. D. I. Mulky
of Louisiana sang at both services.
She has sung in the choirs of Aliami,
Fla. ,and in other large cities of
the South. The large congregations
appreciated her superior voice. Mr.
and Mrs. Alulky have been visiting
at the home of Dr. Walter M. Lee,
who was a former pastor, of the
Alulkys. A beautiful anthem was
rendered bv the choir at the morning
service and Airs. Lee and Airs. Alulky
sane: a 'Uiet at nirht.
The, Senior Union presented a
naRcant at the Ridgccrest church on
Sundnv afternoon to a large audience.
Air. Mulky made 'the remark that it
was presented better than he had
seen it presented by a large church
J of a city of 3500 people in Louisbr