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FRANKUN, N. C. THURSDAY. NOV. 12. 1931
VOL. XLVI, NO. 46
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HELP THE NEEDY
The Penny a Mr I Club i
at your 'door,
Asking A Penny A Pfrt'.n
and nothing more.
Awarded Prize for Best
Solution of Ghost
Grand Prizes of $10.00,
$5.00, $3.00 and
John W.. Edwards, of Franklin,
is the winner of the first weekly
prize offered by The Franklin
Press in its ghost story contest.
The judges had a difficult lime
in deciding on the best solution
for "The Georgia Ghost," the first
story in the ghost mystery scries.
Aiter careful consideration they
finally agreed iliat 'Air. Edward's
solution, giving due regard to all
of the details minor v as well as
majorwas the most plausible ex
planation out of more than 30 sub
mitted in . the contest, .
The prize is $2.50 in cash. This
amount is offered for the best ex
planation of. each week's story and
a grand first prize of $10.00 will
be awarded for the best set of
solutions for the 12 stories in .the
series. A second prize of $5.00,
third of $3.00 imd fourth of $2.00
will also be awarded at the end
of the contest. " ' . '
Following is Mr. Edwards' solu
tion of "The Georgia Ghost Mys
"When the young lady, the hos
tess, accepted the challenge to go
to the graveyard, she carried, along
the carving fork, which she was
going to stick in Matt's grave as
a sure sign that she had really
visited the grave.
"An old-time carving fork was a
real long-pronged fork, and when
firmly stuck into the ground would
be capable of holding against a
real hard pull. -'-."'
"Before the Civil war the ladies
wore dresses which were very long;
in fact, they had a tendency to
drag upon the ground.
"The young lady silently crept
up to the grave. Fear gave her
strength to stick the fork very
firmly and deeply into, the grave.
Her., dress was thereby firmly
anchored to the grave. "She start
ed to leave but when she Jelt
the pull, of the dress upon the
fork all strength left her,, except
the power of speech. She scream
ed and then her body's strength
(Continued on page six)
Emory Day, of Highlands, is in
she Macon county jail charged
with an attempted criminal attack
on his 11-year-old daughter, fol
lowing a preliminary hearing last
Friday before Magistrate Sam Mur
ray Day was bound over to Su
perior court without bond.
W. A. Hays, special deputy, ar
rested Day in Highlands last Wed
nesday after' he had investigated
reports of the alleged attack. It
was reported that the -offense 'oc
curred about a week prior to Day's
Day's daughter, who lives with
M iss" Beruice Durgin, reported the
attack to Miss Durgin, who in
turn informed the child's mother
.Hid uncle, it was . stated. No ac
tion was taken by either of these.
Deputy Hays reported, so he took
out a warrant on suspicion and
belief and, after investigating per
sistent . reports of the alleged of
fense, arrested -Day and turned
hiin over to Sheriff Slagle.
mysteries- h Hole in
T5S &?0UtfD EXCITES
STAR lr4 DE HEAVEHS
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Co-Op Poultry Sale
To Be Held Monday
A cooperative carlot poultry
ale will be held at fie Frank
lin depot Monday, Nov. 16 and
at Otto, Tuesday, Nov. 17, it
was ' announced Wednesday by
F. S. Sloan, county farm demon
stration agent. Mr. Sloan had
not been notified' Wednesday o
the prevailing market price.
However, he s.d he would mail
out cards Thursday afternoon
giving the prices to be paid.
Rev. Eugene Eller Also
Announces Plan for
A series of revival services will
be held at the First Baptist church J
beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, and
continuing through Sunday, Nov.
22, with the Kev. Eugene R. El
ler, pastor, doing the preaching
John K. BlackbWn v of North
Wilkesboro, will direct the music
in cooperation" with the regular
choir director, Roy C. Dady. Rev.
Mr. Eller said Mr. Blackbarn had
been his lifelong friend and is pre
paring himself for work' as a
gospel singer. He is a senior at
Wake Forest college and has charge
of the music at chapel services
The public is cordially invited
to attend these revival services,
Rev. Mr. Eller said. There will
be iwo services daily, one each
morning at 10 o'clock and in the
evening at 7:30.
. To Conduct Census
On the third Sunday afternoon
the Baptist Sunday school will
conduct a religious census of the
community. After the census has
been taken cards indexing the re
ligious affiliation of the residents
of Franklin will ,be distributed to
the various churches. Mr. Eller
pointed out that these will show
each church its possibilities of in
creasing its membership and ac
"The Lord has blessed , our work
during the last two months," Mr.
Eller added, "We have had an
average attendance of about .one
hundred and thirty at each preach
ing service, and about one hundred
in B. Y. P. U. and about one hun
dred and forty in Sunday school.
The W. M. S. is also increasing in
membership. In two months we
have received eighteen members In
to the church." ...
MAN DIES HERE
Cecil Jones, 25, an employee of
the Blackwood Lumber . company at
East LaPorte, Jackson county, died
at 2 a. m. Wednesday in Angel
Brothers' hospital as a result of a
bullet hole through his brain.
Jones was said to have shot him
self accidentally with a .25 auto
matic pistol, the bullet striking
iust above his right ear and coming
out at the too of his head. He
was brought to the hospital here
late Tuesday afternoon. He was
unconscious and bleeding profusely.
Every effort was made to save his
life but, 1 as the bullet passed
through part of his brain, very
little hope was held out for his
recovery. . . . . '
"The husband ought to have
voice in the furnishing- of the
home," says a woman writer.
Oh', but he does-r-the invoice.
New Ore, Sillimanite,
Mined in Clay County
The first car lot of silliinanite
.to be 'shipped in the United States
was loaded recently in Clay cuini
ty, adjoining -Macon, by C. (.'.
West, Franklin mining man..
Mr. West mined the sillimanite
for Philip S,. Hoyt, 01 Denver,
Colorado, a pioneer in the pro
duction of "high temperature" min
erals. -Mr.. 'Hoyt, who developed
the first production of cyanitc both
in New Mexico ' and in N'oi th
Carolina and of sillimanite in this
state, has been in this section for
about six months prospecting tor
these and other minerals. He
makes Franklin his headquartc".
Sillimanite, Mr. , Uinei
Canvass for Red Cross
Members To Be Made
MUCH AID NEEDED
Miss Elizabeth Kelly
The annual Red Cross roll call
in Macon county got under wa
Wednesday Armistice I 'ay will,
appropriate exercise, in ,k sellout.,
throughout the county.
Miss Elizabeth Kelly, chairman
of. lue Macon county chapter o.
the Red Cross, is directing the
campaign. Ereryone who is abl
to give is urged to join the Re
Cross, 'ihe membership fee is on
ly one dollar but larger doiia-'ioi..
will be welcomed. ' Out ol cvci.
membership fee of one dollar, fiftj
cents will go to the nation:.! Ke
Cross and the balance will be usee
by the local chapter to;-" rei.
work in this county. When th.
donation exceeds . one dollar the
amount remaining at home will be
It is the plan of the Red Cros:
to reach everyone in Franklin at:
as many persons in the couiny i.
possible. Last year the roll cal
goal was $200 but this . year :
much larger sum will be necessary
A. systematic canvass for l.ieni
bers will be made Saturday.
Red Cross headquarters have
been established in the Masonic
Hall. Miss Kelly urges that all
requests for assistance be referred
to the Red Cross in order to avoid
duplication of efforts and gifts.
Some members of the Red Cros?
will be on hand at the Masonic
Hall each Saturday during the
winter from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m.
for the purpose of- receiving dona
tions, investigating requests for as
sistance and distributing supplies.
J. L. Barnard's Garage and
Storage House Are
The combination garage and stor
age house of J. Lee Barnard was
destroyed by fire early bunclay
morning. In the building were a
Ford sedan, household furnishings,
a supply of corn, farming imple
ments, and several samaple cases
of clothing. Nothing was saved.
It is thought that the building
caught . fire from some burning
Mr. Barnard estimated the loss
at approximately $1,000.
The home of Jess Rowland, ol
Burningtown, was- burned one day
last week. . All of the Rowlands'
canned fruit and corn were de
stroyed. The origin of the fire
The kitchen of W. A. McGaha
of Cowee caught on fire about 8
o'clock Saturday night and had
burned about eight feet .of the
roofing when discovered. The fire
was extinguished before any se
rious damage was done.
"1 have recently installed a pri
vate talkie apparatus in my home,"
writes a correspondent. How is
is one of the refractory ores sim
ilar to cyanite, its uses having re
cently been developed in such prod
ucts as furnace bricks, in which'
ability to withstand high tempera
tures is necessary. The develop-,
inent of the electric furnace and
the application of high heats in;
various industries have' brought I
about a demand for a supcr - refrac -
tory material such as sillimanite
and cyanite. ;
Carload shipments of cyanite re
cently have been made by Mr.
Hoyt from this section.' The pro
duction of the first car of 'silliman
ite adds another product to the
list of commercial mining products
in Korth Carolifia.
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Dr. Be! Gives Rules
For Health, Happiness
Mrs. Bell Lists Simple
Rules of Healthful
"You cannot break the laws of
God; you break yourselves against
With this arresting! statement
Mrs. Robert B. H. Bell opened
her health class in St. Agnes
church' M0J1 lay afternoon.- Sup
plementing and following up the
teaching sermons ot Dr. Bell,
pointing the way to the "abundant
life'.' thai Jes-' ''uu.cjit. Mrs. Bell
is teaching lessons in right living
each afternoon tliP'Uihout the
week to large groups oi women.
in these lessons the laws of
health governing our bodies are re
lated to God's laws governing the
spiritual world, showing in a scien
tific way the unity of all law, and
applying the teaUiing of the Bible
to the most practical affairs of
everyday life to the attainment of
health and .happiness.
Pure air, pure water, natural
food, 'natural sleep, natural .exer
cise,1 are pointed as 'health laws to
be obeyed; with minds, a-, vveil us
bodies eln)jtied of. all that weakens
and destroys, ' that they tnay .be
filled with power to live in love
and unity ' with God and ' one's
Mrs. Bell will give during her
last lectures " full directions ' for a
balanced diet for the whole fuutiy,
the values and pn.perlu s 01" dif
ferent foods, . teaching ihe, proper
preparation 7r tlie nat'iir,! .UirArx
Mrs. Bell .invites; questions "ri
any matters of health and food
preparation, and the public, ' both
men and women, i cordially in
vited to attend the classes .each
afternoon this week at 4 o'clock
Ihe following quotation expresses
the heart of the teachings, of Dr.
and Mrs. Bell:
"After all has been said and
done,, one's 'mental, 'attitude ,hav.
every tl!int.f to do with one's herddi,
and iha- 'rii'ht mental attitude can
never come to a man until he ha--,
learned to love his fellow men and
! have c-rcat: fath in God.
Mr. VanderJIoof. secretary and
treasaurer of the American Erika
corporation was a , visitor' Sunday
at Angel Brothers' hospital here.
Mr. Var.derTIoof expressed much
interest in .the hospital and the
work it is accomplishing.
Many Attending 'Life
At St. Agnes
The "Life Abundant" mission be
iug conducted this week at St.
Agnes Episcopal church by the
Rev. Robert B. II. Bell, of Denver,
Colorado, is attracting wide inter
est, with ' large congregations at
tending the services at 7 :30 o'clock
each evening. .
Dr. Bell's message is that health,
happiness and prosperity can be
attained through faith in God and
obedience to natural laws and the
teachings of Christ, on which he
has placed a new interpretation.
God is a loving God and will
grant what his children ask, Dr.
Bell teaches. Even miracles, or
rather what are termed miracles,
can be achieved by ordinary in
dividual if they have sufficient
faith in God, he believes.
More, important than the ten
commandments of Moses, accord
ing to Dr. Bell, are the 32 com
mandments voiced by Jesus Christ,
of which . the following were point
ed out a; the most important:
"Re of good cheer."
"Be- not afraid."
"Have fnith in God."
Dr. Bell believes that disease
(Continued on page fix)
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War Is Unchristian and
Foolish, Dr. Bell Says
M i:H I'.liabeth Kelly, chairman
of the , Macon county chapter of
th'' Anierican Red Cross, appealed
to tin-; -Franklin Rotary chib at
its regular weekly luncheon at the
Scott . Griffin hotel,, Wednesday;
for the cucjperation of Kotarians in
;i.e Red Cioss' annual roll tali
i !, koiai ianv also heard the Rev.
.''..obert B. H. Bell, wdio is'con
ducling the' "Life Abundant" mis
sion at St. Agnes Episcopal church
his week, . '
Miss Kelly' said that the Red
Cross had received many donations
of clothing in recent months but
financial assistance also would be
needed' t take care of the needy
in Macon county this winter. Be
sides asking . the Rotarians to con
tribute tV the Red . Cross, Miss
Kelly also requested them to co
operate in the relief organization
work and to refer all requests for
aid to the Red Cross. Sin: ex
plained . that this .would avoid du
plication of effort and would be the
best means of seeing that" those
who really need aid receive it.
Dr. Bell Speak
Dr. Bell told the Rotarians that
was was .contrary to th teacbuigs
Roads in County
' li IS W r
Business Courses To Be
Given Above Macon
A I'eny business school 'will be
ori,.'i . in Franklin Monday nioru
iii;;, ii w;is announced Wednesday
by Mis. Dorothy K.. Smith, who
.las been hue loi. t!:e past several
,'.eeks cut oiiin -.; pu p.l s for the
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lie- t i!..y
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111 l;.'; u 1 ilniij;, silo. 1
!Ui ei-iuy, secret. n;;d work,
be nffcred. A teacher is
to arrive here in the
'usijicss schools, with
U ii mr.v. :k, Ga.,
has. bi.-'!'ii.-!i- !..rho.:ls in 40 comtnun
iues in North Carolina as well as
1 Georgia ff.d a number of other
states. The schools operate on the
basis of "live fit home and save
nioiii-y while studying for a busi
Miss Smith urges all those desir
ing to enroll in the school who
have 11 l yet done so to notify her
iininedi.itcly at Mr. Gilmer Jones'
Proceeds To Be Given
To Maxwell Farm
.Plans for a Thanksgiving'-dinner
for the benefit of the. Maxwell
Farm Home, are moving forward,
it was announced Wednesday by
Mrs. F. L. Siler, a number of the
committee arranging for the din
ner. Interest shown in the dinner and
assistance offeied are most en
couraKi'iK. Mrs. Siler said. Cakes
have been offered by the follow
ing: Mrs. J. A. Flanagan, Mrs.
John P.yrne, Mrs, Cecil Pender
eras Mrs. Henry Gabc, Mrs. Rim
mer and Miss unanda Slagle.
Mrs. Beit Slagle, Mrs. George
Si.qde, .Mrs. Sisk, and Mr. Bob
Pattdlo have ottered to 1 supply
other thin. ' ior. the linnet. Here
is. the menu :
Kousl I :i y, cranberry sauce.
Cream potato' s, giblot guvcy.-
(Continued on page tix)
of (,hi i t and that the world would
never be fully civilized until war
is banish."! lie said .Gandhi, the
originator oi tin- passive resistance
nan eiiient ; in India, was- the great
est follower of Christ today, although'-
h'- loes not -call himself
a Christian.' The '-speaker said this
roiin-try ne-il- an army large
eno'.!f'h' f' -.' 1 ;'' purposes and a
nay voifkiciit t-i protect' its mar
ch.!. it 'j:.ai!ncv -.No country, he
addiJ, w-uld dare to attack the
C. S ...
"It is utterly foolish.," Dr. Bell
declared," for this country to pre
pare, for future wars when it has
not paid ' and can .. never pay . for
the last war."
ITc said that 50 : cents out of
every, dollar 01 federal tax money
goes to t'n support .of the army
and' tin- .navy .or Sonn-.-ollier mil
itaristic, purpose. .
Bell also spoke n the prin
ciples of rkdi't living and dietetics!
He confinedtly .Mated that he' fully
cxrected to live to be 150 years
old and said that this or even a
greater age could be attained by
any man who applied, to his life
the principles' of Christianity and
Gravel or Sand Placed
On About 14 Miles
FINE FOR WINTER
Many Rural Highways
Are Scraped and
The state highway maintenance
forces in Macon county are rapid
ly nearing completion of their
program, which calls for surfac
ing with sand or g avel of every
school bus road in the county Ly.
Nearly 14 miles of rural . p-ad-in
the county ...already have been
scraped, ditched and covered wi'it
crushed stone -or san!, aecordin?;'
to R. H. neiiiinouF,, iusistaul dis
trict engineer of the iiiaintenaiice
dii:.ioii of the state highway de
partment. Mr. I'leiiiinons said that
only about three miles of county
roads remain to be surfaced before
every school bus .route will be in
first class condition for all winter
travel. ' .
Gravel or sand surfacing has
been completed on the following
Iotla route, S miles; Dills Creek,
11-11 miles; Poplar Cove, 1 1-10
miles; Holly Springs road, 1 mile;
Double Churches road, 1-2 mile;
Sugar Fork, 2 1-2 utiles; Buck
Creek, 2 1-2 mihtf.
Two miles of the Ellijay road
and a mile or slightly more on
the Horse Cove road remain to
Yt ci 1 1'f -1 fnr
Besides improving the school bus
routes the maintenance forces also
have scraped and drained a number
of. other county roads, many of
which had received little or no at
tention for a year or longer.,
To Erect Bridge .
Mr. Flemmons also - announced
that a new 'bridge soon would be
erected over the Nantahala river
at Aquone, where the old wooden
structure has been condemned as
unsafe. The highway commission
already has had a steel bridge,
formerly used at another place,
dismant' ' and transferred to
Aquone. This is expected to be
erected before winter.
No discuiiion has. been reached
yet, so far as can be learned, as
to what -disposition will be made
of the old steel bridge which
spanned the Little Tennessee river
at Franklin. Several petitions have
been presented to the state high
way commission asking for re
location of this bridge at one
point or another. At first the
commission announced that it
would re-rrect the bridge at Cor
ititidtun Hill. Then, .Inter, it was
reported that I commission had
changed its mind and dee'd -d to
move the. bridge to Oak Grove,
Since then, however, word has
come from Rcleigh that, d-ic to
pressing demands from the various
sections interested in obtaining the
bridge, the whole matter was held
in abeyance pending' further in-,
Bus Driver: "Madam, that chibl
will have to pay full fare. He's
over five vcars of aire."
Madam: "But he can't be; I've
only been married four years." ,
Bus Driver: Never mind the
confession; let's have the money
Mrs. T. W. Bickett Is
Visitor in Franklin
Mr. T. W. Bickett, of Ral
eigh, wife of the Ute Gover
nor of North Caroline, U a
visitor in Franklin this week.
Mrs. Bickett came here Mon
day to attend the "Life Abun
dant" mission being conducted
by the Rev. Robert B. H. Bell
and Mrs. Bell at St. ' Agnes
Episcopal church this week.
Mrs. Bickett is one of the
most ' widely known and be
loved women' in North Caro
lina. For tome years she has serv
ed as superintendent of public
welfare in Wake county. She
also is president of the North
Carolina railroad, owned by the
Mrs. Bickett plans to remain
here through Sunday.