Of This Paper Is Greater
Than The Population Given
Shelby In The 1920 Census
RELIABLE HOME PAPER
Of Shelby And The State’s
Fertile Farming Section.
Modern Job Department.
VOL. XXXII, No. 100
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY', N. C.
FRIDAY', DEC. 19, 1924
S2.00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE
Nos. 31 and 34 Through Shelby to be Discontin
ued First of The Year. People Served By
Road Consider Alleged “Motor Bus Tri
umph Over Train” Somewhat Unfair To
Section. Road Has Fine Freight Business.
rsos. *51 ana o4, seaboard trains |
running through Shelby, Charlotte to
Rutherfordton, will be discontinued
on January 1, according to an; an
nouncement from Raleigh. Sometime '
back officials of the line requested i
that the corporation commission al
low the discontinuance and the hear
ing held, at which time towns repre
sented along the road, including Shel- j
by. appeared before the commission |
and asked that the trains be left on.
Seems Unjust Here.
In Shelby and the section west of
Charlotte served hy the road the I
move seems an unjust one it is to be
gathered from the conversation of !
business men hereabouts. The road
may be losing money on the two
trains, as they say “owing to motor
bus competition” but the road taken
as a unit appears to the outsider to bo
the reverse—a moneymaker. Such is
the amount of freight handled in the
section served by the trains that will
be discontinued that facilities for;
handling the freight had to be increas
ed. The two trains mean much to the!
travelling convenience of the people ,
along the road, who feel that as the
freight makes up for the alleged loss
the two trains should continue on re
gular schedule. I
Furthermore in time past the citi-!
zens of Cleveland, Gaston and Ruth-1
erford counties have backed the road
financially, by voting bond issues to
promote the building of the road.
Bus Versus Train.
Says the News and Observer of the
“Another chapter in the history of
the triumph of the jitney bus over
the short line railroad was written
Tuesday by W. T. Tee, chairman of j
the North Carolina Corporation Com
mission, in an order allowing the'
Seaboard Air Line Railway company
to discontinue the operation of trains'
number 31 and 34 between Charlotte
and Rutherfordton. One of the chief
reasons given by the railway company |
in requesting that it be allowed to dis
continue the trains was that motor
bus transportation was making the
operation of the trains unprofitable. ,
“The evidence in thi- case dis
closed, conclusively, the fact that the
progress of automotive transportation
is curtailing the use of local passen
ger service of railroads,” says the
order. “The competition of jitney bus '
lines will gradually force the railroads
to curtail local service and improve
through service. To force railroads to
continue local service at at great loss
will greatly hamper them in the dis
charge of their more important du
ties to the public, now that the jit
ney bps can accommodate the local
“The petition which was allowed
by the corporation commission was
heard on October 10. All of the prin
cipal towns along the line of the road
affected resisted the demand of the
petition with the exception of Char
lotte, bv far the most important city
reached by the trains. Only one citi
zen of that city protested.
“Findings on which the commission
based its order to allow the discon
tinuance of the trains follow:
“1. Decrease in the number of pas
sengers carried by the trains from
an average of 70 per day per train
in 1920 to 27 per dav per train in
1924; a decrease of 68 per cent on
train 31 and a decrease of 62 per cent
on train 34. This decrease is due to
the jitney competition and the clos
ing down of cotton mills.
“2, An operating loss sustained by
the railroad company on its four
trains between Charlotte and Ruther
fordton of 845,705 annually.
“3. Less importance to the people
located between Charlotte and Ruth
erfordton of trains 31 and 34 than
trains 15 and 16. which carry the
early morning mails and the express
and which will be continued.
‘The corporation commission has
been (assured by the railway company
that plans are on foot which, if car
ried out, will provide a fine summer
schedule between Charlotte and Ruth
erfordton, which will largely compen
sate that section for the l<As they are
now to suffer.
“Discontinuance of the trains will
take place on January 1st, 1925.
“‘Other petitions for the discontinu
ance of short line trains on the
grounds that jitney bus competition is
forcing them to operate at a loss or
pending before the commission at
nrosent and the order on the Char
lotte-Rutherfordton line may create a
precident under which other petitions
may be filed as the jitney competition
is taking passengers away from the
trains in many sections of the state.”
Ford Salesmen and
Dealers Confer Here
Ford dealers and salesmen, 100 in
number, held a get-together meeting
at Cleveland Springs hotel Wednesday
night at which talks were made on the
sales campaign and advertising, the
sales campaign now running for a pe
riod of four months. New ideas were
advanced in salesmanship by Mr. Deal
of the Charlotte branch of the Ford
Motor company, while the head of the
advertising division of the Charlotte
branch talked on this important
phase of the industry. The meeting
was in charge of Mr. Burrus, assist
ant branch manager and was alto
gether successful, the dealers and sal
esmen going home with renewed en
ergy. Those attending the meeting
embraced the territory from Char
lotte to Rutherfordton and from Mor
ganton to Gaffney.
New Candy Company
Opens Saturday Here
The Cleveland Candy company is
the name of the new candy factory
which A. Leventis and George Smy
mios will open Saturday in the A. P.
Weathers building on South LaFay
ette street, manufacturing and job
bins: fine candies of all kinds. Mr. Le
ventis who was in business here at
one time recently returned from IS
months in California, bringing with
him George Smyrnios. expert candy
manufacturer. Since they did not get
the plant started in time to place their
goods in the hands of retailers, they
will sell during the holidays in one
pound and up. J. A. Anthony was
awarded the five pound box of candy
for selecting the most appropriate
name for the new' concern.
Mr. and Mrs. Leventis move today
to their newly purchased home on E.
Warren street bought from Mr. llar
While interest in the statement that
France can now “stand alone,” we
would be more cheered by the news
that she could now pay a loan.—Colum
Austell New Head
Local Po-t Elects New Officers. Urge
Ex-Service Men To File For
Mike IT. Austell was named com
mander of the Warren Hoyle Post
of the American legion at the annual
eelction held by the post on Wednes
day evening in the Legion club rooms
in the First National bank building.
Other officials elected were as fol
lows: Sam C. Lattimore, vice com
mander: J. Horace Grigg, adjutant;
Veron Proctor, finance officer: Chas.
Woodson, service officer; Ralph Roys
ter, chaplain; H. A. Logan, sergeant
Th.e post decided to have Charlie
Woodson, service officer, devote his
entire time during the week December
22-29 to the work of filling out blanks
for veterans compensation, Christmas
day excepted. The service officer may
be found during the week in the Le
gion club rooms.- The attention of the
ex-service men is called to the fact
that failure to apply now for compen
sation may result in aloss.
The first Tuesday of each month
was set as the time for the regular
business meeting of the post.
Hoey Property Being
Developed Into Lots
The Hoey property, formerly the
Samuel A. Hoey old home place on
the Cleveland Springs road which was
purchased some months ago by the
Shelby building company is now be
ing developed into a suburban resi
dential section. The Shelby Building
company is having new street opened
1 up, a water main put down and shade
] trees planted as a part of the devel
opment. The property has been care
fully plotted into desirable lots which
are now being placed on the market
and in the course of a few years this
promises to become a beautiful subur
ban section with handsome homes.
Everv member of the Methodist
Men’s Bible Class is urged to be pres
ent at class Sunday morning at 9:45.
BRIGHT SPOT ON
Cleveland county, North Caro
lina, is in dead earnest about rural
electric service. Its leaders have
•set;a rpal and intend to see that it
In a recent issue of Public .Serv
ice, lion. O. Max Gardner told of
contemplated plans to string pow
er lines to every nook and corner
of the county and that this was to
be done by the united efforts of the
They have just had an "Electric
Light Week” over i:i Cleveland
county. The purpose as announc
ed by County Agent R. K. Law
rence was “to stimulate interest in
extending electric light service
through the rural sections of the
county. It is the aim of there back
of the plan to push the project un
til every community shall be elec
Progress toward their goal is
) noted in the statement that in ad
dition to the number of communi
ties already entering into the
scheme the towns of Lattimore,
Mooresboro and Boiling Springs
are now prepared to put in the
Folks will wake up some of
these fine mornings and find one
great big bright spot on the map
of North Carolina and that spot
will be Cleveland County.—Public
At Waco School;
B'.g Mid-Year Contest Friday Even
ing. Three Districts May be
(Special to The Star.)
Waco, Dec. U.—On Friday evening
of this week the mid-year declama
tion and recitation contest will be
Three boys and six girls will con
test for two gold medals. The recita
tion medal is being offered by Dr. D.
M. Morrison of Shelby, while the de
clamation medal will be given by Erin
cipal I. J. Kellum.
The program for the evening is as
Cigarettes R;de and Death by Rena
Hold. The Littlest Rebel by Clara
Hold. The Unknown Rider by Ralph
Putnam. The Lost Ward by Elva
Sneed. Virginia of Virginia by Faye
Stroup. Spartacus to the Gladiators
by Allen Whitworth. Her First Ap
pearance by Viva Parker. The Swan
Song by Vangie Mauney. True Gran
deur of Nations by John Wolfe.
On Saturday an election will be
held at Waco to determine the ques
tion of the consolidation of the Beam,
Beulah and Waco school district. Ona
hundred and sixty-two voters have
registered for the election. Indications
now are that the vote for consolida
tion will win; but it is necessary that
the friends of the school be on the
lookout on the day of the election to
see that every voter who favors the
measure goes to the polls to vote.
On Saturday evening of this week a
Christmas tree for the school will he
given in the school auditorium. An
oyster supper, cake walk, special ex
ercises by the grades and special mu
sic will feature the occasion. Santa
Claus is expected to be here to hand
out the presents.
Central Methodist Church.
Sunday school at 9:45 a. m. at the
usual place. The attendance last Sun
day was very fine. Two hundred and
forty-three in Mens Bible class to
hear C. R. Hoey. Let every member of
each department be present next Sun
Preaching: at 11 a. m. ip Princess
theater by the pastor. Christmas serv- ,
ice at 7 p. m. This will be an illus
trated service. The music, the pic
tures. the message will be appropri
ate to the occasion. An offering will
be taken for the poor. All are cor
dially invited to these services.
Birthday for Mrs. Short.
Theire will be a birthday dinner
December 21st at the home of G. G.
McSwain of Lattimore for old aunt
Elizabeth Short. Everybody is invited
to come and bring well-filled baskets
and enjoy the day.
' NOLA COOPER.
City taxes now due and payable to
O. M. Suttle, in Clerk’s office, City
O. M. SUTTLE, City Tax Collector.
If you are not a member of any
Mens Bible class the Central Metho
dist Men’s Bible class cordially in
vite you to join. All regular members
are requested to be present Sunday
at 9:45. Ad
Forty-five Homes \re Signed tip in
Half I>ay for I.in*' Extending
From Shelby up “Co. Line”
Fallston anil tin- : tvti >:t Ih-tween |
Shelby ; rul C at thriving village are
working faithfully on a rural liyrht- ■
ng system and f<d that the proposi-I
lion is p-aeticnllv certain. At a mass 1
meeting I Id in the chool auditoriums
at Fullst a Monday night th" Falls- :
Lon Power and Light company was or
runized with Rev. John Green pt-csi
lent. C\ C. Falls secretary and treas
>rer, th. <■ two gentlemen to cOnsci
ute the board of 'directors with R, A.
Lackey and Mills Cline. In a half days
lime, 45 homes were signed tin to take '•
ights, each home paying $100 for
?acli share of stock in the newly or
ganized company, this money to he
used for building the light and power J
line. An effort is being made to se- I
"ure 00 homes, the subscribers becom- ;
ng charter members. After this num- '
Ver have subscribed to stock, Mr.
Falls, the secretary-treasurer, says j
the value of the shares will be increas
'd to $150, each share giving, the priv- 1
ilero of a home connection.
The power will be purcha ed from
the town of Shelby which in turn !
tjuys it from the Southern Power |
company through large and expensive L
transformers at the local substation.
\ line will be built, if plans carry, i
capable of carrying 000 horsepower, 1
this being sufficient to operate the
pins and corn mill and take care of,
other plants that might be built for I
c number of years to come.
Another meeting will be held at \
Fallston Friday night of this week at j
ivhich the canvassers for members to
the newr light and power plant will
make their report. Since the line is j
to extend all the way from Shelby to |
Fallston up the “county line” road, |
farmers are subscribing to shares •
from Sperling’s store, the present
terminal of the light line, all the way
ODl'S M. MULL.
Mr. Mull, who is the retiring; presi
dent of the Shelby Kiwanis clubt was
elected vice president, as is the cus
tom of the cluh, at the recent elec
tion of officers for 1925.
Nothing Heard Of
Alleged Murderer i
(amp and Sawyer Alleged to Have
Had Dispute At fathering On
Sheriff Hugh Logan says that so
far no trace has been found of Will
Camp, missing negro of the Grover
section, who is thought to know con
siderable about the killing last Sat
urday night of John Sawyer, 28-year
old negro, on the Herndon plantation.
According to reports from around
Grover, Camp and Sawyer “fell out”
at a negro gathering Friday night and
“had some words.” Saturday night
Camp entered his home and got down
his shotgun and disappeared. A short
time later a shot was heard, and the
next morning the dead body of Saw
yer was found on a lonely road near
Officers have been watching the
home of Wallace Camp, a brother near
Bessemer City, hut so far the negro
sought has not shown up there. Of
ficers think however, that it will
only he a matter of time until he is
BIRTHDAY DINNER AT
GEO. McSWAIN’S DEC. 21.
There will be a birthday dinner at
the home of Mr. George McSwain of
Lattirnore on December 21st in hon
or of Mrs. E. M. Short’s 85th anniver
sary. Everybody is invited to attend
with well filled baskets and enjoy the
day with the good old lady.
TIME AND MONEY SAVER FOR FARMERS
CLEVELAND COUNTY FERTILIZER MIXER !
File above is a reproduction of the Cleveland 1
County Fertilizer Mixer as exhibited at the first!
Big County Fair last Fall.
Big Money Saver
k\ ill Revolutionist* Home Mixing of
Fertilizers and Mean Groat Sav
ing to The Farmers.
The the "Cleveland County Ferti-]
liaer -Mixer" will save the farmers of:
Cleveland nnd adjoining counties hun
Ireds of dollar - in the home making !
>f fertilizers, is the opinion of Coun-!
y Agent II. E. Lawrence, one of i
h - e respor ihle for the construe-!
ipn of the mixer. The modern mixer j
is exhibited at the fair will mix 500
lags daily, he says, and equal the |
sork done by the factory product j
a 1 iit'll costs between seven and nine i
hundred dollars. The home-made j
mixer can he constructed at a total
:*ost of only $!<>.
Sometime last year Mr. John Beam
'oneeived the idea-,.of a home-made j
joda-crushcr. which proved success-j
ful and beneficial to the county farm- i
?rs. The idea of the mixes was gained
from the crusher and Mr. John I.ee
of Polkvillc, constructed one of the
first in the county. Some 100 tons
were mixed by him last year with
the miner made at home in only a
few hours, There were about 500 soda
crushers made in the county -last year
and County Agent Lawrence hopes to
see as many fertilizer mixers made
this year. Those wishing to look over
the model made by Mr. Lawrence and
exhibited at the Fair may see it any
time at the Fair grounds. Mixers con
structed like the model can be oper
ated by an automobile deriving pull
ing power from the rear wheel as
Lodge In Shelby
Shcdhv Lodge No. 480, Loyal Order
of the Moose, was instituted Tuesday
night, December lfi, by District Sup
ervisor W. C. Moreland, of Asheville,
and Deputy Supervisor T. II. McRae,
of Shelbv. The degree work was beau
tifully handled by Gastonia Lodge
No. 1400 and was very impressive.
80 candidates were duly received and
obligated at the meting, and from
the enthusiasm shown the Lodge ex
pects as many more on Monday night.
The following officers were ap
pointed and installed: C. E. Cline, past
dictator: Dr. T. O. Grigc, dictator;
Dr. David M. Morrison, vice dictator;
F. P. Culbroth. prelate; J. L. Lee, sec
retary; It. A. Stallings, treasurer: L.
A, Jackson, sergeant-at-arms; Ger
ald V. Weathers; orator; W. K. Hard
in, jr., inner guard; Fred R. Turner,
outer guard; T. J. Babington, J. A.
Harmon and \V. P. Sellers, trustees,
A large number of visitors from
various lodges were present and wit
nessed thei nstallation. Following the
ceremony the visiting brothers en
joyed midnight lunch served at the
City Cafe. The lodge will meet in
the future in the Curtis building on
Monday evenings at 7:30. Visiting
members are always welcome.
Officer Resents Being
Termed A “Liar”
Snectators at a hearing in the re
corder’s court Thursday afternoon
were furnished some side entertain
ment when Special Officer Boh Ken.
driek and Jim Pritchett, a defendant
in one case, took issue with each oth
er during the hearing. Pritchett,
charged with the larceny of an auto
mobile tag. vagrancy and driving a
ear without license, was given a to
tal of five months on the three
charges—three months for the lar
ceny of the tag, one month for
vagrancy and one month for the
other charge. Officer Kendrick was
on the stand and after giving his evi
dence the defendant was permitted to
ouestion him. On one of the replies
Pritchett is alleged to have called
Kendrick a liar, which the officer re
sented when he got off the stand. The
two “mixed" in the court room and
while en route to the jail “mixed”
again, it is said, writh the officer on
the offensive and Pritchett/ on the de
fensive. Other witnesses present bore
out the testimony of the officer about
which the matter arose.
Pritchett appealed the sentence and
bond was set at $.‘!00, the second mix
up occurring while he was being es
corted to jail.
City Schools Close
Friday For Holidays
Children (o Hold Informal Exercises
In Various Departments, Re-open
On January 5.
The Shelby city schools will close
Friday afternoon of this week for the
holidays, according to an announce
ment by Si/perintendent Griffin. The
schools will reopen on Monday, Jan
uary 5. Practically all of the out of
town teachers will leuve for their re
spective homes over the week-end.
Each department, grade and room |
of the city schools will hold informal
Christmas day exercises. Parents and
school patrons are invited to Ihese ex
ercises. although they will do infor
mal arid consist mostly of Christmas
carols and stories. The Christmas spir
it is much in evidence at the school,
Superintendent Griffin says, and the
grown-ups who think the youngsters
do not take as much stock in the Yule
tide as they once did are mistaken,
be further stated. Nearly every room
in the various schools is decorated for
the season with holly, mistletoe, cedar
and other suggestive Christmas de
Hilliard Tea Room
To Move Uptown
Will Occupy Wehh Theatre ftuilding.
Structure Will Be Completed By
The Hilliard Tea Room now operat
ed by Mrs. R, E. Ware at her resi
dence! on West Warren street will oc
cupy one of the rooms in the Wehh
Theatre-Building on the church cor
ner, it is announced. This addition to
the business section has been planned
for some time and announcement was
withheld until a suitable location
could be secured. The Tea Room has
been operated for several months suc
cessfully .and has proved a fad with
the social set for luncheon parties
and such affairs ns well as with reg
ular patrons of the up-to-date eating
Mr. ,1. E. Webb, who bought the
old church structure and is convert
ing it into a theatre house and busi
ness building will with Mr. Claude
Webb operate n theatre there, says
that he hopes to have the renovation
work and changes complete by Febru
ary 1. Workmen are now working
night and day in remodelling the
building and adjusting it into a nice
appearing business structure.
Sunday School Meet
At Cleveland Springs
A meeting of the Sunday school
workers of Cleveland county was held
Sunday afternoon at Cleveland
Springs hotel. G. G. Page, president
of the county convention, presided
1 over the meeting with W. A. Riden
hour officiating as secretary.
Speeches were made by Prof. J. D.
Huggins, of Boiling Springs; A. E.
Bettis, of Earl; L. C. Palmer and A.
B. C. DePriest, of Polkville; Wm.
Lineberger, superintendent of the
Shelby Central Methodist school, and
Bynum Weathers; W. A. Ridenhour
and Mrs. J. E. Aderholdt, of Kings
Mountain. Printed slips were issued
for a Sunday school canvass of the
county. The canvass when complete
will include all schools and member
ship, superintendents, teachers, pas
tors and church membership. It was
also stated that three township con
ventions are expected to be held dur
ing the early part of the coming
GAFFNEY SHERIFF MAKES
TRIP HERE THURSDAY
Sheriff J. G. Wright, of Gaffney,
S. C., was in Shelby Thursday after
Clyde, Fraifk and Lawrence^Grant,
three young men who live in the
I Eastside section, charged with dis
posing of mortgaged property at
I Gaffney. The charge is alleged to be
j concerning automobile tires and bat
j tery on a car supposedly owned by
i one of the Grants. One of the boys
; says that he disposed of nothing and
because he could not pay for it left
the cart at Gaffney when he left that
place to come to Shelby.
Heavy’s Cafe is the sensible and
cents-Ibe place to eat in Shelby, adv,
Unanimous Choice to Succeed Mrs.
Edith Vanderbilt. Undecided
Former Lieutenant Governor O.
Max Gardner of Shelby, was unani
mously elected president of the North
Carolina Agricultural society Tues
day when the directors, meeting: in an
nual session were apprised officially
that Mrs. Edith Vanderbilt would not
stand for re-election and the nomin
ating committee headed by Judge R.
II. Sykes, of Durham, offered-its list
of officers for the coming year.
The special fitness of the Gardner
choice lies in the proposed transfer
of the state fair from the society to
State college of which Mr. Gardner is
an eminent alumnus. But for that tie
he probably would not have been will
ing to accept. Indeed, he has not done
so, but it is believed that he will read
ily take the responsibility. The society
today discussed the change of manage
meat but there is no official action.
It is the sense of both the college and
the community that there should be
a state fair next year, but the college
is not yet willing to finance such an
The meeting showed the aricultural
society in less of a hole than it was
supposed to be. A debt hangs over
the organization which has assets five
to eight times the size of the deficit.
The popular understanding had been
that the property is encumbered about
$70,000 to $75,000. The exact amount
is $57,000 and that is not so bad. But
Raleigh hns a reversionary interest in
the fair and it will hardly be willing
to see the property sold without a
guarantee that the exposition will
continue. The college does not care to
shoulder any big debt. The final
agreement was that the committee
handling this end would continue its
deliberations and make report at the
Chamber Offers Aid.
J. W. Bailey, appearing for the
chamber of commerce, said that this
organization was willing to put up
$75,000 to take up the debt if this
pinches the people who run the fair
and this would mean the fair for a
certainty. The interest of Raleigh is
purely in the contiuation of the fair
and the chamber has no further ob
ject in agreeing to lift the burden.
Mrs. Vanderbilt was present and
declared it to have been a great joy
to serve in the presidential capacity.
The last fair was the best, she declar
ed, and she sees great help to North
Carolina by continuation of the fair.
She pledged It her continued interest
and the society gave her a rising vote
with instructions to the executive com
mittee to give her a token of the organ
iaztion’s regard for Her.
Vice prseidents elected with Mr.
Gardner were W. N. Everett, first;
Joseph Hyde Pratt, second; W. A. Gra
ham, third; Joseph E. Pogue, fourth.
Henry’ M. London was re-elected secre
“Had not Mrs. Vanderbilt declined
to accept another term, no other
name would have been considered by
the nominating committee.” Judge
R. II Sykes, of Durham, chairman of
the committee, told the society in an
nouncing the nomination.
Dr. Chas. Gidney Goes
Back to Texas Home
Dr. Chas. C. Gidney who has been
here for a week or ten days at the
bedside of his brother, Mr. Lamar Gid
ney who continues quite ill and also
visiting: his brother, Dr. R. M. Gid
ney, former farm demonstrator of
Cleveland county, returned Wednes
day to his home in Plainview, Texas.
Dr. Gidney is president of a bank at
Plainview that has deposits of over
two and a half million dollars. He says
that section of Texas has an elevation
of 3,600 ft. above sea level, yet cotton
grows profusely and that the crop
this year is very gratifying. Of course
the season is late there where-the
elevation is so high and when he left
home two weeks ago every gin had
from 75 to 100 wagons waiting their
turn. The use of commercial ferti
lizer and manure is unknown. Even
the rich stable manure is thrown away
and farmers would be called crazy if
he bought fertilizer. Dairying is a
prosperous industry in that section
of Texas and also 15 to 20 car loads
of poultry are shipped out of Plain
view every year.
Dr. Gidney had not been back to
his native home for queer 6 years and
he was struck by the marvelous
growth in Shelby and the improve
ment in rural conditions.
Give the plaster a steamproof coat
of varnish or paint and the wood
work a coat to keep the kitchen clean
and spotless, suggest home demon
When you’re looking for a letter
you go to the postoffice—whgk it’s
something to eat it is Heavy’rfTafe. g