VOL. XII No. 49.
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Fvoect Large Vote In Forest City Election
758 REGISTER TO '
PTE IN SPECIAL
CITY ELECTION 1
urday Night-Election Will ,
Be Held Next Tuesday.
A total of 759 people registered '
to vote in the special election to be
held here next Tuesday to decide
whether Forest City shall retain or
| sell its public utilities plants,
j The registration books closed Sat
urday night. Mr. J. E. Caldwell, city
clerk, was registrar.
According to Mr. Caldwell, the
normal vote within the town of For
est city is from 1,000 to 1,200 votes.
The full voting strength of the city
is not registered Many of the voters
jfp.voring the selling of the plants
did not register, as they expect to
ibe away on election day. It' a regis
tered voter fails to vote it counts
against the sale, as the ballot will
be against the registration.
Speculation as to the probable out
come is being freely indulged in.
Many are of the opinion that it
will carry by a safe margin, while
ethers feel that the vote will be ex
Four ballots will be used. The bal
lets will be marked: "For Sale of
Water Works System to Southern
Public Utilities Company"; "Against*
Sale of Water Works system to South
ern Public Utilities Company"; "For
Sale Electric System to Southern
Public Utilities Company"; and
"Against Sale of Electric System to
Southern Public Utilities Company."
The election will be held next
Tuesday, and the ballot box will be
at the city hall.
Forest City Youth in Hospital
Suffering From Accidental
Worth Laton, twelve years old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Laton, of this
I city, is in the Rutherford Hospital
with a 50-50 chance for recovery as
p' e result of being shot with a shot
kun Friday morning about 9 o'clock.
I Horace Butler, 16 years old son
|>f John Butler, also of this city, was
fcrrested and charged with the shoot-
I According to young Butler he
■eard dogs running in the woods
P a ck of the old laundry Friday mora
le about nine o'clock. He went to
■j 10 h° us e and got his father's gun.
P' s- lather was in Rutherfordton at
time, but his step-mother was at
■ om e when he got the gun. He went
■'th three other boys, Worth Laton,
was shot, Lawtus Butler, a
and Broadus Butler, a broth-
l r ' the woods to see if the dogs
j eie a fter a rabbit. He says a rab-
Pt jumped up in front of him and
I s he aimed the gun Worth Laton
J® Ped in front of him. Young But-
| er denies that he pulled the trig-
P ! - He says as he aimed the gun it
■ e "t off. Laton received the load
■° m the gun in his right side.
■ on the way to the hospital
I ls alleged that Worth Laton made
I statement about the affair. As a
l sult > police arrested Horace Butler.
I Hora c- Butler claimed that he and
■ oil h Laton were good friends, and
nev er had any arguments.
was given an examination
morning and bail was fixed
■ Ss °o, which was posted, and he
FOREST C M COURIER
FOREST CITY—"ONE OF THE TEN BEST PLANNED AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE U. S. A." U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SURVEY.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
OF PUBLIC DEBATES
Democratic and Republican
County Chairmen to Meet
on Hustings This Month.
R|i,therfordton, Sept. 8. —Attor-
ney S. P. Dunagan, chairman of the
Rutherford County Democratic Ex
ecutive Committee, who was recently
challenged to a series of debates by
Attorney Fred D. Hamrick, chair
man of the Republican County Ex
ecutive Committee, has accepted the
challenge, and dates have been ar
Mr. W. W. Nanney assisted in ar
ranging the dates for the debates.
The chairmen of the two parties will
appear in a public debate at Ruther
fordton, in the court house, on Mon
day evening, September 22, at eight
o'clock. On Friday, September 26,
the two opponents will debate at
Caroleen and on Tuesday, Septem
ber 30 will be at Ellenboro.
Government Report in Excess
of Figures Expected—
Cotton declined 40 points when
« the government estimate
1930 cotton crop was issued at 11
o'clock Monday, giving the number
of bales at 14,340,000. Because of
the dry weather over the entire belt,
it was felt by local farmers, ginners
and buyers that the estimate would
be lowered from that of a month
ago. It was lower by 22,000 bales,
but this was not enough to stimu
late the price.
j At noon Monday New York was
I ouoting October for southern de
livery at 10:80; December 10:98 as
compared with Saturday's close Oct.
11,30, December 11.49.
The yield per acre is given at
153.2 pounds, the ginnings as of
Sept. Ist, 1,878,253 bales and tht
The report one month ago set ar
estimate of 14,362,000 bales.
i FOREST CITY NEGRO
1 Tom Smith Electrocuted b]
High Tension Power Line
Shelby, Sept. B.—Tom Smith
young negro man of Forest City
was killed around noon Monday
when he came in contact with a pow
' er wire carrying 2200 volts whil
' working on top of a cotton ware
' house near the Mauney compan;
" store in the Union section of Cleve
: land county.
' Smith was at work on the tin roo:
1 of the warehouse, which is to be op
erated by W. E. Dye, of Forest City
- About 1 o'clock someone noticed tha
he could not be heard at work ant
* made an investigation. They fount
1 his body toppled over with his neel
cn the two wires which ran above th
building. Just how long he had beer
' dead when found is not known. Anc
' since no one witnessed his death r
ic not known, it was said, whether h(
1 reached up and touched the wire;
5 cr fell against them. He appeared tt
5 be about 30 years of age.
The wires were those of the lint
1 which serves the Polkville-Unioi
I sections, a cooperative line whici
purchases power from Shelby. Th
1 line is owned by the residents of th
\ section, meters being at end of th
2 Shelby city limits to determine th
amount of power used.
FOREST CITY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 1930.
THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPEN
By GENE BYRNES
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Henderson, McDowell .and
Polk Counties to Partici
. pate In Fair.
The Rutherford Fair, which is be
ing sponsored this year by the coun
ties of Henderson, Polk, McDowell,
and Rutherford, will be held Sept
ember 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. The
premium list amounts to about $2,-
000 and is very much the same as
last year. The Krause Greater Shows
will be on the midway all week with
clean shows, at least six rides and
legitimate concessions.' The Ohio
Fireworks Company will furnish fire
works each night. The fireworks this
year are said to be the most brilliant
ever exhibited in this section. The
program will be changed each night.
The free acts in front of the
grandstand will be one of the fea
tures of the Fair while many local
attractions will also be put on.
The local attractions for the week
follow: Tuesday afternoon from 2
to 4 o'clock with C. S. Roystier in
charge: Charleston contest for
whites, Charleston contest for color
ed, 100-yard dash for boys over 16
years of age, 100-yard dash for
boys from 12 to 15 years of age, 50-
yard dash for boys under 12 and 50-
yard dash for girls from 10 to 15
years of age. For these contests $26
in cash prizes are being offered.
Fifteen dollars, $5 for first prize and
$2.50 for second prize, are being
offered for the best pony to cart on
the track and best pony under sad
dle on the track Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4
o'clock with J. W. Whitesides in
charge: Mule running race, two
heats, first prize S2O second sls,
third, $lO, four, $5. Best buggy
horse or mare shown to buggy on
track, first prize $5, second $2.50.
Best pair mules to wagon on track,
first prize $5, second $2.50.
Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4
o'clock with Dr. A.' C. Duncan in
charge: for best saddle horse, first
prize $5, second $2.50.
Friday afternoon from 2 to 4
o'clock with D. J. Long in charge:
mule race, two heats, first prize S2O,
second prize sls, third prize $lO,
fourth prize $5.
Tuesday, the first day of the Fair,
• T euHave
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Hons lhis Year
Lizzie Mayse of Grahamtown
Wields Blade on Spouse,
Who is Near Death.
Infuriated because her husband
left her to go to church by himself
Sunday, Lizzie Mayse, a negro wo
man of Grahamtown, colored section
of Forest City, turned on her spouse
with a razor and brickbat when he
returned and so battered and cut
him that he is not expected to live.
Isaiah Mayse, the husband, start
ed to church and Lizzie threw a
brick through the windshield of his
car. On his return, she pulled out
a razor from her clothes and started
in with a fury that did not relent
Until Isaiah was near death. The
woman's brother, George Hamilton,
rushed in and tried to separate the
fighting couple, but when Lizzie
turned on him, he changed sides and
helped her battle her husband.
Police Chief Price, who related
the incidents of the fight, arrested
the trio, placed Lizzie in jail and
took the wounded man to the Ruth
erford hospital where he was found
to have a fractured skull and many
cuts. The Hamilton negro was also
cut and bruised. Thirty-five stitches
were required to sew up the cuts and
wounds on Mayse' head and face,
while a large number were required
to close wounds on other parts of the
Mr. A. J. Jones is at the bedside i
cf his sister, Mrs. Mary Putnam, in
Shelby, who is quite ill.
will be school day and all school
children of the County will be ad
This is expected to be one of the
biggest fairs ever held in the Coun
ty. Henderson, Polk, and McDowell
counties have accepted invitations
extended them by officials of the
Fair to join with Rutherford Coun
ty in having the fair and many ex
hibits from these counties will be
County Court House
Rutherfordton, Sept. 10.—Lightn-1
ing struck the Rutherford County!
Court House here Monday afternoon,
resulting in a small damage. The
lightning hit the southwest corner
of the building, and broke off a
large portion of the cornice and
stonework at the top of the build
ing. This fell to the street below,
striking the cars of register of deeds
W. O. Geer and Superintendent
Clyde A. Erwin, Both cars were
AGED 82 YEARS,
Aged Citizen of Cliffside Com
munity Passes—Leaves a
Number of Descendants.
Mooresboro, R-2, Sept. 8. —Mr.
Joseph Beason, aged 82 years, died
at his home near Cliffside Thursday
morning. He had been in ill health
about ten months. He suffered a
stroke of paralysis shortly before
his death, which hastened the end.
Funeral services were held Satur- j
day afternoon at two o'clock at the
Mt. Pleasant (C) Baptist church.
Rev. Zeno Wall was in charge, as
sisted by Hon. Clyde R. Hoey. Inter
ment was in the Mt. Pleasant ceme
tery. Mooresboro Masons had
Mr. Beason is survived by his wid
ow, Mrs. Ellen Bridges Beason and
nine children, as follows: Mrs. C. C.
Tate, Forest City; Mrs. R. S. Green,
Cliffside; Mrs. M. C. Green, Kings
Mountain; J. R. Beason, Gaffney;
jJ. P. Beason, J. T. Beason, J. C.
| Beason and G. L. Beason, all of
| Mooresboro and P. S. Beason, of
I Cliffside. Two brothers and one sis
ter survive, as follows: Ex-sheriff J.
\V. Beason, of Rutherfordton; Ro
bert Beason, of Cliffside and Mrs.
Emma McSwain, of Shelby. Fifty
grandchildren and thirty-one great
grand children survive.
The pallbearers were grandsons,
Mr. Beason had been a member
of the Baptist church for sixty years,
and was a consistent Christian. He
was one of the oldest and most lov
ed men in Cleveland and Rutherford
counties, being widely acquainted in
both counties. He was also a member
of the Masonic fraternity. He was a
member of the original Ku Klux
Klan, organized in Rutherford and
Cleveland counties in 1868.
Wm. D. Walker Stricken With
Heart Attack Wednesday
Rutherfordton, Sept. B.—Mr. Wm.
D. Walker, aged 58, one of Ruth
erfordton's best known citizen, died
Thursday morning following a heart
attack suffered Wednesday. Mr. Wal
ker in company with two companions
James Hall and Roy Weeks, were
fishing Wednesday afternoon in-the
Green River Power dam lake, and
while there Mr .Walker suffered a
heart attack. He was at once re
turned to Rutherfordton by Messrs
Weeks and Hall. His condition grew
worse, and death claimed him Thurs
Funeral services were held from
the First Baptist church of Ruther
fordton Friday afternocn at three
o'clock. Interment followed in the
Surviving are his widow, eight
children, all at home; one sister,
Mrs. Charles E. Ford, Rutherford
ton, and one brother, Joe M. Wal
ker, farmer of near here.
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SI.OO Per Year in Advance
TOWNS VOTE FIVE
TO ONE TO SELL
Only Forty-Nine Votes Actual
ly Cast Against Sale in Two
HUNDRED TEN FAIL TO VOTE
Spindale and Rutherfordton Tues
day voted almost five to one to con
firm the sale of their public utility
plants to the Southern Public Utili
ties Company. Only seventeen votes
were actually cast against the
at Rutherfordton, while only 32 cast
votes against the measure at Spin
dale. A few registered voters in both
towns failed to vote, thereby causing
their names to count against the
The vote as cast in the two towns
For Sale Electric Plant 366
For Sale Water Plant 3G5
Against Sale Electric Plant 82
Against Sale Water Plant 81
Total registration 448
Actual number votes cast against
sale water plant 16
Actual number votes cast against
sale electric plant 17
Not voting 65
For sale electric plant 338
For sale water platit — r 336
Against sale electric plant 77
votes cast against
sale of plants 32
Not voting 45
As the balloting was against the
registration, failure to vote auto
matically cast a vote against tlie sale.
Sixty-five people in Rutherfordton
failed to vote, while forty-five failed
to vote in Spindale. Although count
ing against the proposition, some of
the registered voters who did not vote
were in favor of the sale. In two or
three known cases the registrants
were ill, and as there was no provi
sion for absentee votes they could not
vote. Some few were unexpectedly
called away on election day and were
unable to vote. It is estimated that
one-half, or more, of those who fail
ed to vote were in favor of the sale.
Confirmation of the sale at the
polls Tuesday means that the South
ern Public Utilities will immediately
take over the two plants. The S.
P. U. will pay $205,000 for the
Rutherfordton electric plant and S9O
- for the Rutherfordton water
plant. Spindale will receive $95,000
for her electric system and sllO,-
000 for her water plants.
Spindale is the only one of the
three towns who will not realize a
profit on the sale. The cost of install
ing the waterworks system, about
two years ago, was approximately
$165,000, while she will receive ap
proximately the actual worth of the
CITY LI3RARY WILL
BE CLOSED TUESDAY
The City Public Library will not
be opened next Tuesday, due to the
fact that the town officials find it
necessary to use the room for elec
tion purposes. All books due on that
day may be returned on Saturday,
AMERICAN LEGION MEETING.
Willis Towery Post, American
Legion, will hold its regular month
ly meeting at the City Hall on Fri
day night at 7:30. There will be
special music for the occasion. A
good attendance is expected.
The ladies are invited to call at
our new storeroom, near the post
office, and inspect our new line of
hats. Mrs. A. C. Jones.