Oldeit North Carolina Newspaper
Weit of Atheville
I I I I A. -W I ,1 w r
-.VOLUME XLVI, No, 32
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1931
$1.50 PER YEAR
W F JiL
DEDICATED TO MACON
County And the Welfare
of it Good People
IS UNDER WAY
R. C. Birmingham, Public
IS DIFFICULT TASK
Accounting To Cover
County Books Since
K. C. Birmingham, certified pub
lic accountant of Charlotte, began
this week the task of auditing
the accounts of Macon county since
the first -Monday in December,
Mr. Birmingham said that he
could not tell exactly how long it
would take him to complete the
job, but that it would require at
least several weeks. He was em
ployed by the county corrynissioners
some time ago on a contract basis
of $750, according to W. D. Bar
nard, chairman of the commission.
Audit Badly Needed
It was stated in a recent report
filed by Mr. Birmingham on an
audit he made of the Macon coun
ty school finances that the general
county records were in such con
dition that "it was found utterly
impossible to . effect a reconcilia
tion of the cash account as between
the county superintendent (of
schools) and the treasurer."
The report also added :
"For the same reason it also was
found impossible. ' to " establish a
statement of cash receipts and dis
bursements." This, the accountant carefully
pointed out, was duo to the con
dition of the county's books and
not to those of M. D. Billinfs,
superintendent of hools. He said
he found Mr. T ' s' accounts in
Mr. Birmingham is an account
ant of wide experience in county
and municipal auditing. He has been
employed by. the cty of Charlotte
. and a number of other local gov
erning bodies in this state at va
rious times. .
Gets Added Income
By Making Rag Rugs
An added income of about $400
a year in addition to the returns
from her small farm of 20 acres
is secured by Mrs. Minnie Tyson
of Carthage, Moore county, from
the sale of rag rugs made at home
during spare time.
."Mrs. Tyson began making rugs
when she was a child," says Mrs.
Walter Ryals, home agent of
Moore county. "She has made a
number with very beautiful designs
from time to time in. past years.
The only rugs in her home were
those which she had made. Last
year, she began to make them for
isale. One rug that she made about
'21 years ago was sold to q winter
resident of the Sandhills for $175,
.As a usual thing, Mrs. Tyson gets
ifrom $20 to $25 each for her rugs."
Mrs. Kyals says this energetic
'farm woman gets woolen, cotton
and silk garments which have been
cast off, dyes these in an iron pot
'.in. her yard, cuts them into strips
:and then weaves the rags into
.beautiful and intricate designs that
:arc much in demand. The rues
.have a base of sound tow sacks
and are hemmed to i prevent any
Taveling. The dyes used are the
ibst obtainable and "c mixed at
DE LEAST EhJJOYET
JoKE Book lis! "De
WORLD IS TE
To Be Held
Course August 10 to 12
A three-day invitation golf tourn
ament, in which golfers from all
over Western North Carolina are
expected to play, will be held on
the Franklin course beginning
Monday, August '10.
The best golfers from North
Georgia, as well as from various
Western North Carolina towns, will
also be invited to enter the tourn
ey, 'arrangements for which are
being made by G. L. Houk, C. S.
Brown, J. S. Conley and B. W.
Play will begin with an 18-hole
qualification round at 9 o'clock in
the morning of August 10, but
entrants may qualify at any .time
during the day.
3 Singing Conventions
Scheduled for August
ASKS MORE AID
FOR RED CROSS
An .appeal for cooperation with
the Red Cross was voiced this week
by Miss Elizabeth Kelly, chairman
of the Macon county chapter of
the national relief organization,
Miss Kelly pointed out that each
community in the county should
have a representative on the local
chapter's committee which handles
all requests for aid. She also sug
gested that those who refer needy
persons to the Red Cross for help
might also aid the organization
with contributions to its support.
Miss Kelly said:
"You have, perhaps, heard the
phrase : 'Put up, or- shut up.' That
is the message I would like to send
to folks who do not do any giving
to the Red Cross but who do a
lot of sending of needy ones for
help to the ones of us who are
trying to do much with little.
"Our plan is to have a represen
tative in each community in Macon
county who will take a bit of time
and trouble to the end that the
real needs of their communities
may be known. These representa
tives compose .the Macon county
Red Cross committee. This com
mittee meets on Saturday afternoon
before the first Monday of each
month. The meeting place is the
Gift Shoppe next door to Kelly's
Tea Room. The time is two o'clock
in the afternoon.
"If your community has no rep
resentative on t'.e committee we
would be glad to have one volun
teer to come to the meeting next
Saturday. There can be no aid
from the Red Cross Chapter to
anyone in a community that does
not have a representative on this
committee. The reason is this:
There is- no money for traveling
expenses and none for paying
workers. We must depend upon
some suitable person as a commit
tee member in each section of the
county to tell us xwho is needing
help in that section. No aid will
be given until the request has been
favorably passed by this committee
"As soon as the loan closet be
gins to function we will publish a
list of donors and the rules of mak
ing the loans. People have been
generous and we hope to begin
sending these things put the first
of August. This meeting on next
Saturday is most important to
your community, if you have no
part in it you can blame yourself
Mrs. Margaret Higdon celebrated
her84th birthday anniversary last
Sunday with a birthday dinner at
the old Higdon homeplace at Hig
donville. . . ' V
There were 54 children, grand
children and near relatives present,
and a big picnic dinner was enjoy
ed by all present.
The children present were; Mr.
JiM Higdon, of Higdonville Mr.
On Tuesday, August 11, the first
round of match play will start at
9:30 a. m. The semi-finals will
begin at 2 o'clock the same after
noon. . Both the first round and
the semi-finals will be for 18
The finals will be two 18-hole
matches- on Wednesday, August
12, one sarting at 9:30 o'clock in
the morning and the last round at
2 o'clock, in the afternoon.
No green fees will be charged.
The entrance fee. will be $2.50. "
Plans are being made to enter
tain the visiting golfers by Mr.
Brown and Mr. Conley. It is like
ly that a dance will be given at'
the Scott Griffin hotel one even
ing during the tourney.
Dates for Quarterly and
2 Division Meets
, Three singing conventions will
meet during the month of August
in Macon county. .
According to a notice given by
Hv D. Dean, president, and Carl
I). Morgan, secretary, the north
ern division of the Macon Coun
ty Singing Convention will meet at
Cowce., Baptist church on August
8 and 9, beginning at 10 a. m.
Saturday, August 8, singing by the
convention wH be until 11 ..fol
lowed by a talk on the power and
effects of music by the Rev. G. A.
After organization at 1 o'clock,
class singing will proceed, and all
classes are urjed to be present.
Visiting classes will be recognized
The Southern Division of the
Macon County Singing convention
will meet at Sugar Fork Baptist
church Saturday and Sunday, Aug
ust 8 and 9, according to an . an
nouncement received from J. M.
Holt and Austin Snyder, president
and secretary, respectively, of tbi
division. All singers and singng
classes are urged by Messrs Holt
and Snyder to attend the gather
ing' and make it the best sinning
convention ever held by the South
eriiDivision. All persons attending
are ' requested to bring well filled
J. M. Raby president, announces
that the next quarterly singing
convention will meet with . Tellico
church on the f if tl Sunday in
.August at 9:30 a. m. Mr. Kaby
reminds the . visiting classes of a
motion that was passed at Coweta
requesting all to bring a lunch for
the noon meal, as it is too burden
some on any community to feed
the multitudes that attend these
St. Agnes Plans
The congregation of St. Agnes
Episcopal church will give a' sup
per in honor of the Rev. and Mrs
Norvin C. Duncan on the lawn of
the church, on Tuesday evening,
August 4, at 7 o'clock. Both young
and old will attend, and will share
in an enjoyable program that h
being planned, with short 'Speeches
and toasts, music and singing. The
entertainment will be in the nature
of a get-together meeting of all
members of the congregation and
their families. The supper, will be
served by the Ldics of St. Agnes
T. B Higdon,'. of Atlanta, Ga.j Mr.
Sam Higdon, of Sylva; Mrs. Den
nis Higdon, of Webster; Mrs. Jane
Fulton, of Gneiss, and Mrs. Eva
Keener, of Higdonville.
Mrs. Higdon is making her home
with her son, T. B. Higdon, in
Atlanta. She is the mother of
Mr. W. L. Higdon, of Franklin,
who wa unable to attend the din
ner on account of hi illness.
D. G. Brummitt, Attorney
Illegal Combinations And
RALEIGH, July 23. Attorney
General Dennis G. Brummitt this
week coiiductc-' an important in
vestigation into the operations of
the major oil companies" operating
in North Carolina.
. Mr. Brummitt in recent weeks
had received numerous complaints
that the various companies were
operating in violation of the state
laws against illegal combinations.
and that contracts they were mak
ing with filing stat'in operators
required exclusive . use of the sta
tions, also coiftrary to law.
So important to the people of
North Carolina did Mr. Brummitt
consider this matter, that he took
personal charge of the investiga
tion, and conducted it throughout
While he emphasized that the state
has iio right to set the price of
any product, he pointed out that
it docs have the right to protect
the trade channels of the state in
such a .manner that throttling of
competition is eliminated.
Mr. Brummitt believes however
that the business men of the state
who. operate small filling stations
have a right to be protected from
anv encroachment of their right
to "sell whatsoever products they
desire; and he also feels that any
attempt, or what appears to be an
attempt, to establish a monopoly
in favor of some oil companies
must be guarded against because
of its eventual evil effect on Un
people as a whole, who have to
pay the gasoline bills. This is
sonie-thing, he thinks, which is im
portant to every citizen of the
stair,' whether living in the cities
or on the farms, because most of
them drive automobiles.
The various contracts of the
companies were explained. It was
admitted that un.'.er certain leas
ing conditions competitive products
are barred, but all of the com
panies have alternative contracts
for those filling: station operators
who do not care to lease their sta
tions. t '
Mr. Brummitt -will study the evi
dence dining the next six weeks
and will announce his decision Sep
tember first. If any violation of
the laws are discovered, they will
be revealed, and the companies held
guilty will be vigorously prosecuted
in-"the interests of the people of
Ice Cream Supper To
Be at Clark's Chapel
An ice cream supper will be
given at Clark's Chapel for the
benefit of the church on Friday,
Reunion To Be Held by
Rickman Family Sunday
The desccndciils of the Kev.
Marett Rickman will meet at the
home' of R. A. Rickman on Cowee,
on Sunday, August 1. It ishoped
that everyone related to the Nick
man family will come with a full
WEINER ROAST ENJOYED
Quite a-, number of Highlands
young people enjoyed the evening
on Sunset Rocks last Thursday
night. Hot dogs were roasted
before a camp fire and after
ward a watermelon consumed.
Ruben Stripes of Waukegan, 111.,
charged ' .Willi."'- O'Bee of trying
to bite off his nose, but O'Bee
was released when he exposed a
set of toothless gums.
Walking 12 miles a day is the
job of Peggy Davis and Phyllis
Robertshaw, testers of sport shoes
and boots for a shoe factory in
F.mil Pope was arrested and fin
ed $1 .-4 foot for driving his auto
mobile over 500 fect of newly laid
concrete on a highway near Shcr
wood, Wis. '
New Directory Issued
By Telephone Company
Attractive new telephone
directories Summer Issue, 1931
have been distributed in
Franklin, Highlands, Bryson
City, Sylva and Clayton by the
Western Carolina Telephone
company, which serves all these
towns and a number of rural
The directory contains 28
pages of listings, telophone in
formation and advertisements in
a durable fawn-colored bristol
cover. It is comparable to a
large city directory. 'One of
the new features is an .explana
tion of long distance service
on the inside back cover.
The directory was compiled by
G. J. Johnston, manager of the
telephone company, and was
printed by The Franklin Press.
-y 123456 7890 $23456 456 56
Macon County Convention
To Be at Pleasant
Hill August 5
The Macon County Baptist as
sociation will hold its animal con
vention on Wednesday, August 5,
at Pleasant Hill Baptist church.
Thte Kev. A. S. Sohsbee is
moderator of the convention; II. I).
Dean, vice moderator; R. M. Led
ford, clerk; the Rev. J. K. I'cndci-
grass, Historian; and I--, V. .Am
v An introductory -sermon will be
preached at the opening of this
tyear s convention , by the Kev. J.
I. Vinson. . . '
Following is a list of committee
reports to be filed ; ,
1. Stewardship and Enlistment
J. I. Vinson. ...'.
2. Slate, Home and Foreign Mis
sions U. u AlcUiy.
3. Temperance D. (i. Stewart.
4. Periodicals J. R. Peudergrass
5. .Hospitals V. T. Potts.
6. B. Y. P. U.-Johnny Rogers.
7. Sunday Schools -Paul Carpi n
H. Ministerial Relief -Thos. Car
9. State of Churches-J. V.
10. Christian. Kducalioii i. -.
1.1. VV. M. U.-Mrs. I.. Hi
lton. . ,...,'
'Why Christians Fail'
To Be Ervin's Topic
Rev. G. Clifton Fr in, pastor of
the Franklin Methodist church,'-will
preach next Sunday -. morning on
the theme, -"Why' Christians' Fail."
Special music will be rendered by
the choir. At the ewiiiu.' hour
Mr. Frvin will -speak on tin- suh-
jeet, Sour .drapes. I his will he
the third of a series of talks based
on the prophecy o rreiuiah.
The ( hurch si hool will iiieel as
usual at 9:45 a. m. l-'.v eivom: is
given a cordial
imitation io at
tend its classes.
-.Contractors -'Pillion ,'aud Hall' are
erecting a bmual'V for Mr. anl
Mrs. K: Jiilstein on the sile in
Highlands of their former coita-.ic
which was destroyed by fire last
winter. Mr. and .Mrs. 'iih.it in. of
Baltimore, for many years have
been visitors here.
D. S. Grant, Bryson City,
Dies; Formerly of Macon
Dock 'Sidney Grant, formerly a
resident of the Cowcc section, died
at his home in Bryson City on
July 21, following an illness of
many months. Mr. Grant had
many relatives and friends in Ma
con county who Will regret to hear
of his death.. The funeral service
was held on July 22, at the Baptist
church in Bryson City, of which he
was a member, burial being in the
Bryson City cemetery. The Rev.
Dr. R. L. Creel was asisted in the
services by I'r'of, Phil Elliott, of
Mr. Grant was born in Macon
county on December 3, 1872, a
In Angel Building
On Public Square
Attractive P r i z e s Are
Offered in Variety
The annual Macon County ('low
er snow win lie Meiit .Saturday m
the building fi ..-ily occupied by
Angel's I )i tig store. Those who in
tend to enter exhibits are nipicst-
eii io nave Hum at the store ly
'):.)() o'clock Saturday morniiur so
at they can be arranged and
issified. This' is especially re-
ipiested in order that the judges
might not. he delayed in - awarding
the prizes. It is hoped this can
be .completed and the show opened
to the public bv noon.
The judging committee will ar
rive H orn As. u v ille at 11 o clock
ami will he ready to proceed n 1 1 -mediately
with lite selection uf the
best exhibits. . '
Fveryoiie in the county who
grows llowe-! is urged to enler
exhibits. Wild flowers also are
leipiested. There were (5 com
petitors in last year's flower- show
and .even a larger number is hoped
tor and expected this year. The
show will be sponsored by the
rrankhn darden club, but anyone
in the County is eligible to enter
exhibits. The prizes to be awarded
have been on display- in the win
dow of the People's Market.
There will be IK classes in this
year's show, as follows :
1. - .Finest colhelion of gladioli.
2. Best and most perfect dF
3. I'relti. st bowk of sweet
I. Finest- lollccliou of
5. I'i'eliii si colh ction. of
0. Largest varie ty of zinnias.
7. Best collection of .dahlias.
i' Largest single dahlia.
Finest lily ol any varh.ly.
1(1. . I'n ttiest ariety of mixed
flowers eitlu r in vase, howl or
II. Most unusual or in-west iIowt
l. Besl potted .flower.
.13. Tlctti'esl howl or basket of
roses. . ...
I I. lies) miniature- Japanese or
American garden. .
15. Most allriictive miniature boil
iiiel or iniiiiature 'i-ontaiier of flow
rrs:' ( 1
lo. l or lite best display of flow
i i s eriw noli! side of Franklin.
17. dram) sweepstake.
v l.X. -.Tin-re will also n a b.-id .V
table . and a child's parly table
which-will be-eligible for the 'giand
owing di h gales repre-l.pi-.copal
ij'hlauds at 1 1 . Kpiscopal
at Kaiuiga Lake mar
si nted tin-
I iliary o.f
i rono n nci
I lenders! uv ille. .'Friday : . M i s.. W. S.
Davis; '"'s I'.llioil, "Miss 'Caroline-
1 1 .-ill, M iss I!. I turgin am
James A. Ilines. :
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grant.
He moved to Bryson City Some 30
years ago,, and had made his home
here since. He was well known.
He married Miss Lucia Snyder,
of Graham county, who, with the
following children, survives:
Mrs. J. B. McGuire, Burlington,
Mrs. Glen Walls and Mrs. E. G.
Duncan, of Hickory, Mrs, George
Morrow and Miss Baulinc Grant,
of Bryson City, Pearson, Maryvillc,
Tenn., Thad,. Burlington, Roy, and
Judd Grant, of Bryson City, two
brothers, Kimzcy, of Maryvillc, and
Varnel Grant, of Bryson City, also
survive, " '
Transfer Is Accomplished
Office To Be Located
On Main Floor, Shop
The Franklin I'ress moved
week into its 'new quarters 'in
Other occupants of the building,
one of the nifist modern in West
ern North Carolina, will be Angel's
Drug store,; Arnold's Cafe, C. T.
Maine's seed and plant store and.
Jacobs' barber shop.
Angel's Drug store . has already
moved in and Arnold's Cafe is
planning to open for business on
Removal of The I'ress was a dif
ficult task on account of the weight
of the machinery and care neces
sary in its transfer and n assi iiibly.
Much of the machinery had to be
dismantled ai. I moved in sections.
However, the change was accom
plished without hailing the regular
business of publishing this news
paper and doing a large, volume
of job printing. This was done by
moving one machine at a lime and
slopping the wheels of the presses
and other .lachiiii s only long
enough lo transfer power lines.
In the new building The I'ress
will have an office on the main
floor, vvilh an entrance n the
Square, and a simp in the base
ment sufficient to accommodate
all machinery and printing equip
ment, which ntludcs :
Newspaper press, two job print
ing presses, liitertypc type-easting,
(naihine, power saw trimmer, stere
otype casting box; 'perforator,' stap-.'
ler, five electric motors, type cabi
nets, imposing tables, paper cutler
and cabinets and numerous other
fixtures ami devices.
It will take "several days' for
The I'ress to get settled in its
new quarter!,, but we cordially in
vile all of the readers of this
in vv . paper to come and inspect our
new plant, one of the most mod
ern n. .1 besl equipped weekly
newspaper and 'printing establish
ments'1 in tin- stale.
Mr. and Mrs. VV. R. Johnston,
of I'aducah; Kentucky, announce
the birth of their Soli, Hobby, Jr.,
on July 20.
Will Rogers Picks
A Story For
By WILL ROGERS
GUESS they still use switches
on the school kids in some parts
of the world. Fve read somethinj?
likn that now and then, although
I'd supposed they'd stopped licking
kids at school a lone time ago.
Anyhow, I heard about a boy
that wasn't very good in school. lie
eame home terrible scared one
olght and told his mother he didn't
want to go back to Bchool any more.
When the mother asked him what
was up, he says. "Well, I dont
mind getting slapped or whipped
by the principal once in a while.
But there was a couple of -workmen
over at the school when I came
home tonight, and I he d one oi
them tell the teacher that they was
ordered to put in an electric switch
in the halL Ordinary switches don't
hurt much, but I'm afraid of an
electric switching, and I ain't ga
in to riak it l"
(Aattiou W t tuXam, taJ