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MORE THAN HALF
U. S. RATES LOW
Big Stir Among Newspapers
Over N. C.'s Educational
7 STATES LEFT BEHIND
War Nor Poverty Not Cause
Of Shortcomings, Says
Ed. W. Knight
v (By Dr. Caleb AT Ridley)
Just at this time, throughout North
Carolina, there is no small stir among
the newspapers over what is termed
North Carolina's progress in educa
tional matters. ,
A recent News Letter issued by the
State University shows that in the
past thirty years we, as a state, have
moved up in the list of states ftpn
last place to fortieth leaving seven
states behind us and having thirty
'nine ahead of us.
We have no desire to belittle mat
ters, as they now stand, but it is dif
ficult .luf . USl set whvltiu luUSUig
years in the schools, colleges and uni
versities . of the country, and having
had some opportunity to observe the
trend of modern, education, we pre
sume to offer a few observations for
what they are .worth.
We are told by Safety Engineers
that more than thirty per cent of all
the traffic accidents througghout the
United States are caused by WRONG
signals or no signals at all on the
part of those who drive. To indicate
that one is going in a certain direc
tion and then go directly opposite, is
. to endanger one's self and all those
who follow. Not to signal at all when
so great responsibility rests upon us
is well nigh criminal.
By statistics for which the school
world is wholly responsible we learn
.that more than one-nait tne geograpn-
ical area of the United States makes
a very poor snowing, eaucauonauy;
not because of poverty, nor yet for
any lack of opportunity; but because
we do not work at our task and
"because the standards of the teach
ers, are so low." v
Edward W. Knight of the Univers
ity of North Carolina says :
"We rank low in education not be
cause we were once devastated by
war nor because we are too poor to
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support better schools. The v;i-
sixty-odd years in the past and the I
in economicwealth. We cannot any
(Continued on page 8, Col. 1) .
We Have To Trust To
r Lnck When Electing
Officers, ay Randolph
Col. Robt. Randolph, president of
Chicago's Commerce association, says;
"We will never get the gang situation
in hand here until we have a decent
city administration and a man in
charge of the police department who
' has an absolutely free hand."
Mr. Randolph's association furnish
ed the "Secret Six" to dig into the
records of Gangland after the Lingle
"Suppose," said Colonel Randolph,
"that a police officer goes out and
" raids a gambling joint. Next day an
,r' alderman comes in to the officer's
superiors and raises a row because
the joint's owner was a friend of his.
. What happens? The officer gets
sent "to the woods," and he isn't
. 'very eacer to make any more raid?
Y ' after that. We've got to have a new
"Win t it comes down to,"' added
Colonel Randolph sadly, "is that we
have to vote one gang of rascals
out of office and trust to luck that
the gang we replace them with will
Tbe more satisfactory."
Now Holds Fortieth Place In Educational Rating
Public Is Invited To Attend;
Ladies Are Especially
The Hon. Brownlow Jackson, Re
publican candidate for Congress in
this the Tenth District, is scheduled to
speak at the following places at the
time herein given : The public is
cordially invited to all these meet
ings. Ladies are especially invited:
Millishoal township, Sept. 22, 10 :
30 a. m., Holly Springs school house.
Ellijay township, Sept. 22, 1:30 p.
m., Hidgonville school house.
' Sugarfork township, September 22,
4:00 p. m., Pine Grove school house.
Highlands township, Sept. 22, 8:00 p.
m., Highlands school house.
Flats township, Sept. 23, 10:00 a.
m., Scaly school house.
Smith's Bridge township, Sept. 23,
1 :00 p. m., Otto.
Cartoogechaye .township, Sepjj,, 23,
4:00 .p. m., Slagle school house. Jt-
Nantahala township, Sept. 23, 8:00
m., Aquone school house.
Nantahala , township, Sept.. 24, , 9 :00
a. m... Owcnsby school hoiise. ; . ;
'v"liurillUKiuvit tuiii.j...,,... ;; - vt.
Cowee township, Sept. 24, 4:00 p: m.,
Cowee school house.
Franklin township, Sept. 24, 8:00 p.
m., court houe. - .
A. R. HIGDON, Chairman.
Roy Stiwinter, Mistaken
For Ground-hog, Is Shot
Mr. G. W. Stiwinter of Gneiss, N.
C, was in Franklin Saturday of last
week and reported a serious ac
cident which happened in his com
munity last Fridaay - af ternon.
Roy Stiwinter, grandson of G. W.
Stiwinter went over to get Mr. Carl
Moses, who teaches school at that
place to bring him down to the cir
cus at Franklin. On his way he
stopped at some grape vines to pick
fpw p.ranps anfi Mr tliinW
-ng it was a ground hog disturbing
the vineyard, as they had heretofore
been in. the habit, Mr. Moses secured
a shot gun and proceeded to shoot
in that direction, the result being that
several shot penetrated Mr. Stiwint
er's lungs. He was. rushed to a hos
pital in Franklin for treatment.
As we go to press we have been
informed that Mr. Stiwinter is im
proving and chances are god for his
William Robert Young
Buried at Watauga
' Dr. Ridley assisted Dr. Wm. E.
Abernathy at .the funeral of William
Robert Young, who was buried at
the Watauea graveyard. Mr. Young
was part owner ofthe Young planta-J
tion just across the river from Frank
lin, and a brother of John T. Yountr. ,
He was 74 years, 8 months dnd 17
days old. He died in a sanitarium i
A Hold Up
Chief of . Police Henry Was "held
up" one day last week in broad
day light. Not only was he held
up. but he was robbed. From his
person was taken the only thing , of
value he had on him at the time
a copy of The Franklin Press 26
years old. "
Said Press .carried the' hknesses
of Theodore . Roosevelt, Robt. B.
Glenn, Jim Gudger, Dr. W. A. Rogers,
D. W. Blaine and Davis. Dean, all of
who had just' been elected to office.
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The Teague family held a reunion
at the old Teague home in Haywood
county last Sunday, Sept; 14. "Those
present were: Rev. J. L. Teague, Mcs.
A. T. Rogers and C. W. Teague, of
Macon county ; T. H. Teague, af
Nashville, Tenn., and C. T. Wells, of
Canton. Wives and husbands of the
Teague family were also present.
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER
Councils Of Millshoal, Hig
donville and Cowee
Big Crowd Is Expected At
'Meeting On Thursday,
Cullasaja Council, Na 158, Jr. O.
U. A. M., held an open meeting for
all members of the Order at their
lodge room in Franklin last Thurs
In addition to many .members of
the local lodge, represenattives from
the Councils at Mill Shoal Higdon
ville and Cowee were present.
Several good talks were made by
prominent Macon County Juniors,
light refreshments were served and
two impressive side degrees were
Cullasaja Council will have another
of these open meetings on Thursday
nightt October 9, and all members of
the Order in this section are invited
to . attend. ' "It lis" thought"7 that th
necessary to hold the meeting in other
quarters, probably the court house.
J. M. Raby's Barn'
Destroyed By Fire
J. M. Rabyy one of Macon coun
ty's good farmers and a most con
genial fellow in every way, suffered
a $2300 loss by fire on Monday night
of this week.
Jim had, what folks say, the best
barn in the county, which, after ig
niting from causes unknown in the
hay loft, burned to the ground.
The livestock were saved in the
nick of time.
Bryson City Football
1 1 To Play Franklin
High Friday, Sept. 26
(By J. H. Carelock)
Bryson City will play the Franklin
high school football team at Franklin,
in what promises to be a real live
game, on Friday, Sept. 26.
Mr. W. B. Kesler, coach of the
local boys, says that there are about
40 boys turning out for practice and
he expects to develop a real peppy
There are not but two or three of
the old boys in the game this season,
but the beginners are working in earn
est and it is hoped that ail Franklin
football fans will give their team
Wal support throughout the season
DAYBREAK IN THE
C. A. R.
There is a quiet, expectant hush
That awaits the Wild Bird's call
Upon the silent, pregnant morning
Before the Eastern lancets fall
In shimmering glory through the
The night-sounds arc strangely
As the silvery ripples of light
Feel their way through shadows
And slowly reveal the craggy
Of the wondorous misty moun
tains Grotesque and grand on .evcty side,
Pointing "their silent jsranite
Toward the blue and limpid sj
a muuon wings seem losea in air
And fetch a music played)
The World grows vocal every
where With words no mortal ever made.
House Still Stands That Ma
jor Higdon Built 70
(By Caleb A. Ridley)
The birthday anniversary of Major
William Higdon, for fifty years a
leading citizen of Macon county, was
celebrated at the old home on last
Sunday by more than 300 blood rel
atives of the deceased. It was a
home-coming of the children and their
Begin with the Roman letter "A"
and follow the paths of our philology
from their rudiments untily they cul
minate in verbal accuracy and mature
strength in English metaphysics and
the sweetest word you will find on
any page is the word "home."
Speak of home and there' rises be
fore our visions a picture more beau
tiful than ever Milton dreamed or
Raphaoel penciled; it is a picture of
our childhood home. It may have
been poor hut it was home the cen
tral gem in life's cluster and around
which hang, the associated ..memories
tain man with iron in his blood and
determination in his soul laid., the
foundation stones for a home just out
and up a few miles from Franklin, in
this county. For fifty years this
rugged man was known in Western
North Carolina as "Major Higdon."
Taps have been sounded for the
Major and he lives and loves, and for
aught we know still plans and per
forms beyond headlands over which
we cannot look.
Through the courtesy of his blood
now flowing in 'the veins of younger
generations it was ours to mingle with
the- Major's kin in a reunion day at
the old home on last Lord's day.
It was a glorious day ; glorious in
memories which hovered about us;
glorious in the fellowship one could
breathe in the soft air; glorious in
the hopes leaning forth from eyes
undimmed by a veil of years.
Major Higdon was twelve years old
when he came to this section of the
State. He was born in Burke coun
ty near Morganton and when he
reached Jackson county accompanied
by his father and mother he neither
had hat nor shoes and his mother
rode a small pony on which she car
ried all the earthly possessions of the
family; the son and father were
When the Civil War broke, out the
Major Miad just gone in debt for
900 acres of land lying about the old
home where the crowds surged on
this reunion day. This 900 acres is
still owned by the family. The land
was bought from Capt. Thos. Angel,
but not a dollar paid during the un
even struggle of a four years' war.
It was a long hard pull, even after
the guns and waSwere stacked; but
Major Higdon never knew ' defeat.
With back to the wa'l he could do
his best fighting) and after a long
time victory came and the old home
w?s held in fee simple.
The house still stands; the 'house
where lie lived: the house his own
hands built; the house vv'orc the
children were born; the hnin "where
(Cbntinucd on page 8, Col. 3)
Local Power Company
The Press lacked sufficient power
to run its machinery one day this
week and so informed Mr. I. H
Bowles, manager of the N. C. Utili
ties. In fifteen minutes the courteous
Mr. Bowles had increased our vol
tage and we were, . at . work again.
We congratulate tforstdves on hav
ing1 in charge of. the local power
unit a gentleman who can be ap
proached and who responds readily
to every reasonable request.
Found In Barn Unconscious
And Remains So Until
Death Comes .
Had Been Officer In Metho
dist Church For More
Than 30 Years
In the midst of life we are in the
midst of death. Lee Crawford was
preparing to attend the Major Higdon
anniversary when he fell in the midst
of his plans. , .
Making ready for his trip he went,
as was his custom, to look over
things about the barn; when he did
not return search was made and he
was found unconscious where he had
He lingered from early morning
until about six o'clock in the evening
before the end came,, but was never
able to discuss, either his condition,
or ahythirfg pertaining to his affairs.
For thirty years or more Lee Craw
ford ---hadbeen-identified with T-tht-b??t-thitwc
.of. FranVlini, .3Ud..;M.a9!JiX0.'TfliYJ
I tur. .clew cu'-v t:vr ' "'.v i." "c!?Ri..j.:-.
him was register of deeds for 'many
He had been, an officer in the
Methodist church for more than thir- V
ty years. , He was born and reared
and always lived in Macon county.
He was one of our young men who
never went away.
Since 1907 he had been connecfed ,
with the Bank of Franklin and had
been its president for six years.
His family, all of whom survive
him are viz: His wife, Carrie Lee,
and two daughters, Calleen and Tim-
oxena, and one son, Gilmer Lee. His
mother, Virginia Crawford, who is still
active, made her home with him.
Three brothers survive him : Henry
of Salem Oregon ; . James of Oakland,
California, and Wade of Rock Ridge,
N. C. One sister survives him. She
is Mrs. Frank Smith of Franklin.
No man living could wish for him
self a more beautiful funeral when he
was dead. Flowers banked in pro
fusion everywhere; the several pas-i
tors of the town vicing, with each
other in words of praise for the dead .
and comfort for the living; the Elder
of the District speaking eloquently,
on the "Beautiful Life" as lived by
The preacher's theme was that a ,
good life never ends. It changes but '
continues down the long trail of the
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Sylva and Dillsboro
Installs Modern Electric
Plant At Dillsboro '
A modern electric power plant is
being installed by the Dillsboro and
Sylva Electric Light company at Dills-
boro according to information obtain
ed from officials of the company.
The new equipment, which it is be
lieved will solve the power troubles
for Sylva and the surrounding terri
tory, consists of a new water wheel
of the latest aeGnrmmake, Willg
of the latest German make, new and
improved dynamos, control switches,
to eliminate variation of the current,
and other equipment.
The work preparatory to the in
stalaition of the new plant is being
clone, and the shipment of the new
equipment is being made. It is the
expectation of the officials of the
company to have the new plant com- ,
plctely installed and running within
In addition to the water equipment,
purchase has been made of an auxil
iary, steam plant. The installation of?
this, however, will not be made for
a few months. Jackson County Journ
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