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Good-by, Old Year
X *» Gra" Stncilrr Dawn,, j„ Km*, City Stir *
Kfrwiou ,Ye,r> to°d-,’y’
VXI a j, you farewell tonight.
And I watch you go with •
bit of a sigh,
But my heart ia strangely
For in my hand. 1 hold
The treasures you brought to r «,
Gift, more precious than wroughtea
Or gems from a tropic sea.
A friendship proven true,
A hard task fairly done,
which live» to bIo«* anew
w.th the light of every sun.
And you bear away, Old Year,
In your garment, of trailing white.
An old regret and the ghost of a fear
A. you vanish from me tonight.
Good-by, Old Year, good-by I
Smiling I v/atch you go;
We have been good comrades, yo»
But you cannot stay, I know.
The New Year stands at the door.
Her promises fair I hear,
But still 1 linger to say once more,
Goodby, goodby, Old Year.
1 ••'- gracious custom of call
ins on Now Year’s day lias i
not entirely pone out of
style. It is one relic left us
ot a time when the amenities
<'f life were more carefully
observed than now ami hospitality a.
sn.oe (loomed wnrihy of intensive cul
tivation. So then, lay out jour calls
anil start 1M24 in the spirit of nelph
boriinoss and the pood old days
"When Knighthood Was in Slower."
I’ut first on your list your aped
friends and acquaintances, since we
forpet -and neglect the aped with pa
thetic disregard of their sensitiveness
and their loneUe.c-s. The line of
least resistance with many of us is to
avoid contact with querulous old ape
wherever possible, and this is partlo
tifarly true during the holiday season,
l ew children are forgotten at Christ
um., but many elderly .persons are
left to reflect bitterly on the thought
lessness of youth and the fate of the
superannuated through whose veins
the blood courses tliin and slow.
So put on your best bib and tucker
and take your cane if you wear one,
and,T armed with, say, half a dozen
red roses, make as many ealls on ths
“shut-ins" and the veterans who sit in
the deepening twilight musing on the
days that are no more. Stay long
enough to crack your best 'joke, and,
since "one touch of rheumatism makes
the whole world kin,” do not forget to
ask after Aunt Mary’s sciatica and
Unde John's lame arm. Make it a
happy, cheery kind of call—present
your gift and go your Way, and our
word Yor it. you will begin the New
Year with every flag allying.—Detroit
| New Year Surprises i
! By Mary Graham Bonner !
(©. 1523, Western Newspaper Union.)
X OLD-TIME custom on the
first day of the New Year
was for a group of people to
prepare surprise baskets
filled with fruit and nuts
and candies and a jar of
jam or a pudding, and fixing tlie bas
kets gayly with ribbon, take them
around to less fortunate ones.
Many and many were the small
towns where the people followed this
custom, and as the basket was present
ed, a happy New Year was wished to
It would tie well for many of the
old customs to be preserved!
Our Postmans Perquisite
Br C. C. HAZARD
(@, 1923, Western Newspaper Union )
iIPATfKNT commuters along
the line of the D. L. & W. It.
It. used to call It the “De
lay, Linger and Walt route,”
and those who for various
reasons were in a hurry to
get their mull were tempted to apply
the term to our postman. Certainly
they could not call him “The Fust
Mail.” To the puce of a tortoise he
added conversational abilities that ar
rested him with passing acquaintances
and interests that detained him upon
struct corners, so that agonised lovers,
who had not lmd letters since yester
days/ would see him heave in sight
down the street long before he deliv
ered the precious messages, fretting
themselves in the meanwhile.
But he was so interested in our
postals, so sympathetic in our disap
pointments, so willing to take packages
and letters down to the office and to
buy us stamps, and such a bond be
tween us and our friends ufar, that
we forgave him even, when lie was a
missing link and brought us nothing,
and alwayd upon New Tear’s day we
were glad-to make both him and otiV
seives happy with not unexpected, but
fairly earned hills on our Uncle Sam.
Pretty Marriage Is
Solemnized at Grover
I Mi*s Bridges and Mr. Hoyt
Simpson Kenter Are linited
Ii! Holy Wedlock
Special (o The' Star. •
Grover, I,re. 18-A mahm of un
•-ual beauty nH solemnity was con
unia f . the Grover Bapirst
urc t on Hues- ay aiternoon Decem
ber 11th, - -*
the daughter ,.\Mr uni Mrs. J. H
Bridges of GroverN»ocamc bride of Mr
Hoyt Simpson Keeter, the .ceremony
be rtf? performed by their pastor Jtcv
W. 0. John ion.
The church w..- beautifully decor
ated with overyroctjs, ferns, and stat
ely palms, interspersed with pink
j candle:, and hero and there baskets of
huge chry' amhemum: . The altar was
banked with ferns under a triple
arch from the center of which was
suspended an art otic monogram of
the letters !S am K. and on cither
side white wedding bells. Th- columns
on each ale if ilie altar were topped
'•Dth tulip - mu!.' of pink crepe, and'
from these pink ribbons extended to
the chancel wp re two I’itHe flower
trirl.s, Elsiie MulHba.sc and Mary Ham
bright dressed ip fluted pink chiffon,
held them. Miss Annie Slay Puller of
Raefofd, this state, rendered the wed-*
ding music, se accompanied Mrs.
Arnim Rodins who sang most beau
tifully “O Sol flic”.
B°th wer(- beautifully attired in
dresses of pjni; georgette. The bridal
chorus from Lohengrin was render
ed by seven girls, Misses Neely Kert
er, sister of the groom, Lucy Turner
Margaret Hamrick, Ra Delie Harry’,
Lois Moore, Ha ;e! Currier and May
Hester Ellis, dressed in white anil
carrying a jasmine chain which they
gracefully irap<about the ) , or.
After these came" the bridal party,
'they were preceded by tho ushers,
Messrs Mar ii, Hamrick, Buford
Hambright, Mai cello Fortune and Al
ton Hell who unrolled a snowy while
carpet down each aisle and took their
places near the altar. The brides
mauls, Misses Edna Parker of Shelby,
Aiine Mullinax, Tera Pinkleton and
Jesse Borders of Earl and the groom
men Masses. Byron Keeler of Bc>:-.,e-!
mer City, l.auctis EH**,. Doriltr- Moss
and Hurrus wester, brother of the
groom, coming down the aisle singly
cr.d crewing before the altar took j
their placet on c it.her side. Next !
came the .lame o; honor, Mrs .Hoy e j
Dellinger or Shelby dressed in <
lace ov>e satin and carrying a basket
of delphinum. Mbs Bessie Hughes of
Lock Hill, S. c coiv in of the groom
dressed in groin charmouse with an
arm houejuet of pink carnations en
tered as maid of honor followed by j
the little flower girls, Jeaneite and
Sara Harry, dressed in white crepe
<tp chine tied Wiring bandeaux ol
•Ivor hue erxi .carrying bankets 6(
flo’.vti*' pet ;1 . which they -s uttered
along the lu he's pathway. Alone
came the little ring bearer, Jane
tVashlum of Shelby, die.v.eiLin pink
\ crepe rtc chine and bearing the ring
i Oil :< .silver tray.
The I.-hIo. elcp.ed in a wedding
;r< vvn of . .Rio crepe- trimmed in
rhinestone and Vconriryr a long veil
. of. tulle '.caught con net fashion with
orange hi com:, -entered lo’auing on
ti e arm of l ev father. They were
'm l ai the attar by the groom and
b t man Mr Kills Tuwter of Cha< •
lotto. whnr > her father gave her in
A b-r.nt'tid ring ceremony was used
'••'hib “ To n. Will Rose" war. softly
. Li ■ K '-<er i;. <,ne of drover's ta!
cuted •<■,»! a,al much admiral
among th<> voting • ej. >fr. Keeler i.
a popular v< uiI udne..^ man of thir
(dace, I icing iat'is rted in the grocery
be.diies- here ai:d at (.'berryville. The
haply couple arc ' planning to begin
heme k'cp-n" in Grtiver with the
Doing The Voter's Work.
' The Raleigh «.»rrc- pondent of the
G-censboro hprw ivprm ,.(• that a
somewhat dc'.'.porafc hunt is being
made to find a suitable candidate for
the Democratic nomination for Lieu
tenant Governor. Mr. W. ('. Dei mater
of Newton, native of Iredell, being
the latest suggestion from that so arte
It might be that the Democratic vot
ers would appreciate the opportunity
to make their own selection in the pri
maries. Ijut come to think of it, those
who consider it their duty and inivh
lejte to make the seltwtioiis and have
them all.ready for the vomr to ratify
when ho goes to the primary, could
not pet the censTut of their minds to
impose this work on the voter) The
purpose.: is to :.;\o the voter the to cm
ide of thinking tail a candidate lor
himself. Those who volunteer to do
the voters thinking are all <tho time
afraid that, like the lean and hungry
(’as ins he will hecome dangerous if
he thinks too much. It can lie : aid,
however, that a gentleman of the
high character of Mr Vv. C.r'eimct* r
Would ha e ■' ,< ug support in tlii = '•■r;.
tion of tin* State, if lie should offer. 1
It. E, lander, one of the largest |
i^nd owner: in Cherokee county, kill
< 1 himself, according to the verdict
f a coroner's jury, at his home some
t tie Monday night, death being,caus
ed by firing a pistol -hot into his
The deceased had ius.f returned
t'oin a trip to Mexico, and, according
o tiie testimony of members of hid
since his return. A grandson made the
family had h art (Unking to excess
statement that the i e u e<1 told' that
he would not live through the night.
Mr, Linder was never married, hut
adopted a girl And a hoy, one of
whom Survive.", him. 1* b- estimated
that his estate is w«. t*1 n the neigh
borhood of two huatired and fifty
thousand dollars. lie was about 60
years'of age, and ha- always-been a
factor In the affair - of the Thickety
Mountain section of ('h/vokoo county,
where he lit d.
At the I-ir t Baptist ( Jmrrli.
The regular service of the church
Sunday with the pastor occupying
the pul'ii* at both lmiiU 'ig a'Ul even
ing' nerve e . Sunday . ho d at 10 and
a place for you. An interest inf? lexson
and rla es for all. Tie .f.m 'n 'tjubrlct
will ting at all the ■■ rvit.fSs' df the
y, A whale ' (he ah".;;, f>~.
miing i2 .ms ;>; i m.
Founded !• • of ortiitholory 'wore
laid by two r. ";!iihatch in lit se\en
teentii era'll \.
DIt. A. PITT RE \M
Shelby, N. C. Phono 188
In Dr. Ware’s f armor office.
Shelby National Hank Rldj?.
On Monday Dec. 24th at 5 P. M.
WE WILL GIVE AWAY ON THE COURT HOUSE SQUARE
$750.00 IN PRIZES
ONLY THREE MORE DAYS TO ENTER CONTEST.
EACH AND EVERY DOLLAR SPENT OR PAID ON ACCOUNT
WE GI\ £ A COUPON. THE MORE DOLLARS YOU SPEND THF
MORE COUPONS YOU GET. U bFilND THE
.THE PRIZES ARE:
FIRST—ONE CHEVROLET TOURING CAR.
any Ladies Coat or dres* «P to $65.00.
i,TT toVu °f a?y Ma,l s Suit or Overcoat in the house up to $50.00.
rir’^ru ” Choice of any Man’s Shoe in the house,
civto Choice of any Ladies’ Slice in the house. .
eTYany Stetson or Dunlap Hat to $7.00.
SEVENTH—Choice of any Boys Sweater
“Choice of any Girls Billiken Shoes up lo 2’s.
NINTH—Any Man’s Work Shoe.
TENTH - Any Man’s Manhattan or Eclipse Shirt.
W. L. Fanning & Company
BY DEAN MARQUIS
—■!«» Detroll New*
OU are going to make i
Year’s resolution. You may l
not believe in (Mug so. You!
may not want to do so. You j
may stoutly affirm that you
will not do so.. But to say
that you will not resolve to do any
thing is in Itself a resolution. It:
means that you ure determined to hold
to your present course. If you liavo
been a wobbler! then you ure going to'
keep on wabiillvg; If you have been a
drifter, you are going to keep on drift
ing; if you huve been without u tar
get at w hich to'shoot, then you are
going to keep right on bunging away
with both eyes shut, it is a law that
a body unsupported falls to the«
j ground. And it Is
also a law that a
by a definite pur
pose and resolu
tion Is dragged
down by Hie
foree of circum
stances until h«
bumps the bot
• « • *
I nutree with
you that the av
erage New Year's
resolution <1 o on
not amount to a
«rp three good
reasons w h y it
seldom lasts beyond the first week In.
lit the first place, most of our res
olutions ui'e not resolutions at nil.
They are merely Mle, sentimental
wishes. And wishing Is a long Way
from willing. The man who wishes tfl
he or to do a certain tiling looks to
time ami circumstance to help hhn
out. The man who wills to be or do
a certain thing, gets up and goes to
it regardless. The man who wishes is
generally long on prayer. The man
who wills puts up a fight as well as
Another reason why mir resolutions
amofint to little is because they are
In the wrong tense. Some years ago
a man came into my study and
dropped limp, helpless, and hopeless
into a chair. “I’m no good,” he began.
“1 have no power of will left. I have
been fighting a habit i>r years. I
I have resolved again and again* to
cut It out. And after every resolu
tion I have gone out and gone lower
titan before. It* no use. Tin done
“Get out," I replied, “you have ns
much wfll as any man. The trouble !
la you do not know how to use it.”
“What do you mean?” he asked.
“I mean,” I replied, “Just what I
say. You don’t know how to use your
will. I’ll bet every time you resolved
to quit this habit you put die resolu
tion In the future tense. You said. Tm
going to quit.’ And something in the
hack of your head said, ’No, you will
*>ot. You have said that before.’"
“Wlmt else could I have said?” he
“You could have put it in the past
tense—put the thing behind you in
stead of In front
of you. You could
quit. It's a thing
of the pust,’ and
gone an about
your business with
tin*' feeling that
s o in etlti n g had
“Thank you,” he
said, rising. “I
see what you
mean. In the past
I have said, ‘I will
quit.' Now I say
to you, ‘I have
quit. The old life
Is behind me.”’
That was years w
ago. He lias stood truer It may be
a psychological trick, but It Is a good
one to put the tiling you want to over
come behind you rather than ih front
•f you. >
Another weakness In New, Year’s
resolutions is tliut as a rule they are
not backed up by a plan. As a mat
ter of fact, it would be a great Seal
better to quit the business of making
a resolution for the New Year and
Instead make a plan for the New Year.
Frame up u reasonable program that
leads toward the thing you want to be
or do. No one ever arrives at his goal
in one leap. That’s the weakness and
deception in so many resolutions.
Don’t try to make it from the valley
to the top of the mountain in one
jump. Look up the slope aud fix your
course as far as you can' see. The
higher you get the farther you will be
able to see and the faster you will he
able to go. You gain strength in
If you take a tumble, keep your eye
on the top, pick yourself up, and go
on. Hold to the main plan, and don’t
bite off more of It at a time than you
can chew. As long as you Jteep suing
you’re a winner, no matter how long
It takes you to get there.
WHERE ARE THE INVENTORS?
• The time Is here again, and yet no
one has invented a bandy set of un