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FRANKLIN, N. G, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1930
Tallulah Falls Railway Reduces
Practically All Points With
in 16 Southern States
15-18 PER CENT LOWER
Now On Basis With Stand
ard or Trunk Line Railways
Class freight rates have been re
duced on the Tallulah Falls railroad
approximately 15 to 18. per cent be
tween stations on their line and prac
tically all points within -16 southern
These rates, were affective Novem
ber 10 and extended over the 16 miles
of their line into North Carolina.
Rates from points in other states
are being reduced as fast as tariff
regulations can be printed and made
The reduction is an' arbitrary
Nwhich is allowed short lines or weak
railroads, being absorbed entirely by
this road. It puts their class freight
rates o4 a basis, of standard or trunk
line railways'. ,
The railroad officials hope to. in
crease the volume of their business
tnough to take care of the reduction
and thus affect a saving to all their
customers which will finally reach
the consumer, it was stated.
"The backbone of the present busi
ness depression would be broken with
in 90 days if the business once en
joyed by theroalroads-of the country
and which has gone to bus and truck
lines could be restored," was predict
ed by President L. R. Powell, of the
Seaboard Air Line railroad in a re
""With, the birth of the motor driv
en vehicle," he declared, "and the
building of our modern roads, there
bas come into being a use of our
highways which was never contem
plated by our forefathers and as to
which there has been little intelligent
progress in respect to legal control
'There have been suggestions that
our roalroads should meet the chal
lenge of their competit6r, both in
respect to charges and service. The
acceptance, of such a challenge ;s im
possible, by reason of the restraints,
burdens and limitations most of them
tegal that are imposed upon one and
not both of the competitors.
"At the very threshold of these
conditions we are confronted with the
fact that the railroads are put to the
expense of providing and maintaining
their own rights of wayvand tracks,
while facilities of a comparable char
acter are furnished without cost and
at public expense, to their competitor,
the motor vehicle.
For the privilege of doing business
in the municipalities which, they serve,
the raolroads as a rule pay to such
communities a license tax. ' The fran
chise thus granted involves no use of
the public streets. On the other hand,
the motor vehicle is permitted to not
only use, but in that use to destroy,
such streets in competition ' with the
railroads, without paying one penny
for such privilege.
"The rates charged for transporta
tion by the railroads are fixed by law
and their service is regulated by pub
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Wet Weather Favors
Forestry Lookout Men
Much grumbling is heard over the
wet weather. A glance at the record
kept in the U. S. Forest Service of
fice, shows that every day since No
vember was ushered in has been rainy
and cloudy except four days. From
the 6th to the 9th inclusive, there
was some sunshine, but it clouded up
on the 10th and has rained or threat
ened rain every day since. This con
dition is no damage to the forests,
however, and it gives the lookout men
a chance to fix up their telephone
lines, . clean . out the trails, do any
improvement work that is needed
while they take their eyes off of the
relief map of the lower mountains'
which they view from their high
points of vantage watching for the
first smoke that may begin to rise
anywhere. They are determined to
catch the blaze in its infancy, and,
given a fair chance, they do. Some
days are so hazy they cannot see far.
Then a fire may get under way before
it is discovered. ' When discovered,
however, men are ready to gd jit, the
drop of a hat, everything previously
arranged, to lists of provisions being
posted in the nearest stores where
food may be purchased to feed the
fighters if needed. The districts are
all organized, tools are in place, and
everything is in readiness to suppress
Trespassers Break Into
N Methodist Parsonage
In the absence of Mr. and Mrs.
Ervin. from the Methodist parsonag
last Monday evening, a large group
of people, including the Presbyterian
minister's wife, were guilty of break
ing and entering the house! How
ever, these were very extraordinary
trespassers in that, instead of taking
something out, they brought something
in very many somethings Jn fact.
When Mr. and Mrs. Ejrvin returned
to the parsonage to find the living
room floor covered with potatoes,
packages, and people, they were simply
dumfounded, confounded, and astound
ed. It wasn't a sprinkle; it was a
terrific shower. And when it rained,
it poured ! For those who mighty be
skeptical about this statement and
think it is perhaps an exaggeration,
we herewith give the cold facts.
Included in the "pounding" or
"shower" were the following: 2 pil
lows, 2 pillow cases, 3 luncheon sets,
7 guest towels, 6 bath towels, 1 kitch
en set, 1 aluminum roaster, 1 waste
paper basket, 1 glass fruit dish, 1
teapot, 1 flower vase, 1 saucepan, 2
brooms; 1 bucket, 61 jars -and cans of
fruits,, berries, and vegetables, 1 of
lard, sack of flour, I. sack of sugar,
1 ham, 1 bushel of potatoes, and a
miscellaneous assortment of packages
of salt, soda, oatmeal, seasonings, etc.
It is said that the Methodist preach
er and1 his wife do riot intend to
prosecute the trespassers.
Methodist Football Squad
To Play Baptists Friday 28
The Methodists will play the Bap
tists on Friday, Nov. 28 in what prom
ises to be a "hot" game of football.
, There are good . players . on both
sides and is expected to be a hard
Be on the grade to see it. Look
for posters im town with the line up
on them. ' '
With f jpef fM
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Class Freight Rates 18 Per Cent
the first peep of a smoke. The ob
ject however, is to get the protection
message over to everyone so there
will be no fires to suppress. Very
few fires are started in this vicinity!
by lightning. Practicllly all of them
are started by men or boys. Women
are seldom guilty of this sin. Some
are started ' by brush burners. The
fire gets away from them. Others by
hunters who set a fire to smoke out
a rabbit or some other animal, and
go off and leave it ; others by light
ing a cigarette and throwing the
match down carelessly and walking
on; others by throwing the cigarette
stub down just as if he were on a
paved road or sidewalk with no
thought of seeing that, there is no fire
in it; others go off and leave a camp
fire, and it gets away ; still others,
mad about something, no one knows
what, just set the fires for spite, go
ing to get even with some one, but
the evening-up goes the wrong way.
Everybody loses when . the timber
bums, including the' man who started
the fire to get even. . The law is hard
on these people if it ever gets hold
of them,' the ones who set the fire
But the .forest officers are resting
easy now. There is no danger of
fire while it rains.
Cowee Council 493 To
Give Social Sat. Night
To all the Junior Order Councils in
Macon county: You are reminded of
the invitation extended to you to meet
wjth us at our Lodge Hall on Satur
day . night, Nov. 22 at 7:30 t6 share
with us a snappy social event.
There will be some interesting sub
jects breifly, but thoroughly discussed.
Then comes some third degree work
of the Council after which refresh
ments will be served during a social
. Fraternally yours.
Co-operative Turkey Sale
On ( Friday morning, Nov. 21 . there
will be a co-operative turkey sale at
the Franklin depot. Poultry will not
be bought at this time.
Turkeys will be weighed at the de
pot. Eighteen and one-half cents per
pound will be paid. After delivery is
made to Asheville they will Jiet 18c
per pound, it was stated, provided
there is a full. truck,? load which Coun
ty. Agent Fred Sloan is contemplating
on having. , -
"I can not send cards to all turkey
grpwe.rs so please tell all persons in
your community who have turkeys
that. the sale will be Friday morning,
Nov. 21," says Mr. Sloan.
Iotla B. Y. P. U. Has Social
On Saturday night, Nov. 8 the Iotla
B. Y. P. U. met at the home of Mr.
J. H. Swafford.
After playing some games they all
met in the dining room , and were
served delicious refreshments. Every
bodyreported a good time.
WHEAT NOT COMING UP
Mr. J. E. Calloway, of Route 3,
reports that wheat is not coming up
very good, and what was up did not
Jook . healthy. , Mr. .Calloway thinks
that last week's rain will be ax con
siderable benefit to the wheat crop.
Houk Makes Address; Sisk
Presents Bible; Stribling
Quite a number of Macon county
citizens headed by Jack Stribling of
Franklin, acting under the authority
of District number one, Junior Order
of American Mechanics participated in
a beautiful presentation service of a
Bible and the Flag to Carolina Teach
er's College at Cullowhee last Sun
day. The faculty quartette of the
college furnished the music; local
ministers assisted with the program;
Prof. G. L. Houk made an address ;
Dean Sisk presented the Bible; Dr.
H. T .Hunter made the acceptance
speech; Hugh Monteith presented the
Flag and Dean Byrd of the , faculty
spoke in behalf of the college.
Altogether it was a splendid pro
gram, beautifully carried out, with
lofty purpose and done in, the name
of a splendid Order.
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Mrs. Pearce Sends
Letter of Welcome
T o Motorcaders
The current issue of "The City
Builder" published by the Chamber
of Commerce of Atlanta carries col
umn after column of good things
about and references to Western
North Carolina. Space forbids more
than a reference :. here, but we give
b low a letter from Ruth H. Pearce
of the local Chamber of Commerce
in which she extands a welcome to
all those who join the motorcade in
' "To all Atlantans and Georgians
Franklin at all times has an outside
latch-string and wide-flung door.
But most especially at this time do
we wish to open our arms in a ges
ture of warm welcome to those Geor
gians who are to be members of the
"Were the citizens of Franklin to
follow their natural bent they would
turn out en masse at the Georgia
line on the day of the motorcade to
welcome it into North Carolina and to
Franklin. Most particularly do they
i'eei honored that the motorcade of
ficials have chosen Franklin for their
pause for lunch. '
"Our civic organizations are follow
ing with the keenest interest develop
ment of plans. Our civic bodies arc
busy with plans for plenty of food
and gallons of hot coffee.
"From the. time the members of
tfie motorcade cross the state, line
they will begin to feel our welcome
in the air. And it will not be solely
because of representative citizens of
Wcsetcrn North. Carolina who will
meet them there and escort them in
to Franklin. Even the. mountains will
say it to them. And our paved
scenic highway will unfold to them
miles upon miles of a smooth, smiling
"RUTH H. PEARCE,
Secretary, Franklin Chamber
The seven-days old baby, of Mr.
and Mrs, Fred. Bedford, of Burning
town, died a few days ago and was
laid to rest in the cemetery near
their home. .' s
Special Venire of 100 Jury
men Ordered Sum
moned REESE STILL AT LARGE
Sam Green and Dan Staford
Sentenced to State
Wih no deviation from' age-long
custom, the grand jury, consisting of
18 citizens of Macon county, was
called before his honor, Judge Cam
eron' McRae, to receive the usual
charge of the court.
The court's charge was not what
one would call a formal charge, but
rattier 'a sensible, quiet talk to the
grand jury , as to their duties under
the law to their county and state. "
In touching upon the duty of the
grand jury to the inmates of charitable
institutions and jails the court was ex-
ceedingly tender in his solicitude for
these unfortunate ones, reminding the
jury that prisoners and our aged poor""'
are still human beings and deserve
to be treated, as such.
One of the high lights in the court's
instructions was his reference to the
frequent killings by automobile on
our highways. It was stated from
the bench' that there were 30,000 peo-
i'iJe killed by autoists during the past
He'm months, or more than two for
tijn hx of the year.
BRYSON BROTHERS' CASE
The Bryson brothers of Cherokee
county, who are charged with murder'
in the first degree growing out of the
killing of Chief Carringer of Murphy,
and which case was transferred to this
county, were called before his honor
and arraigned. A special venire of
100 jurymen were ordered summoned. .
The case was set for trial Thursday
morning and will certainly occupy the
Five young men of Macon county
were arraigned in court Tuesday for
violating the prohibition law. At the
trial it developed that certain ones,
among the accused were "not guilty"
and the state so ordered., !
Four of the young men went to
trial. There was ho "evidence" in
the case upon which a jury could
convict, so the verdict was,"iot guil-
ty."; , , , . . .
' Editor's Note : The above has been
written in order that we " may ask a '
question: Why all this expense and !
all this humiliation unless officers j
know they have a case? ;
FIVE MORE BOYS . ;
It would. take, a philosopher to offer '
a good reason for the commission of
the crime charged to five white boys '
in superior court one day this week, f
Each one of the. boys has had train
ing and advantages which should put -him
beyond the commission of any -i.
such crime. And yet, a store was ; !
broken into and certain articles re
moved therefrom. It was not a ques- :
tion of hunger; it was not a question
of real need.
Perhaps anN cxplantation may be. ;
founf in the fact that there were two
older men not present at the trial, ;
but who influenced the boys to com- '
mit the crime. If this is the ex
plQation then the two older men
should be made to suffer.
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