CLEVELAND:—“A COUNTY THAT LEADS A PROGRESSIVE STATE IN DIVERSIFIED AGRICULTURE, AND WHERE HOSPITALITY REIGNS”
Of This Paper la 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. XXXIII, No. 51
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
TUESDAY, JUNE 30. 1925.
$2.00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE
Will Carpenter, Off Chain Gaiitf
At 3 O'CIock, Killed At 10
Ily Charlie Abram.
( harlie Abram, ymmg‘ Chrm-gnr tie
prtl> who on Saturday night shot and
billed Will Carpenter, negro chauf
nUr on the street near the Masonic
temple, was nabbed by local officers
id,out 9:30 Sunday night while asleep
in a chair at the home of Matt Par
ker, negro woman, in the Buffalo sec
tion on the Anthony place. Abram told
officers that he had been out in the
woods all Saturday night and Sun
driv and hud entered the Parker house
only after nightfall Sunday evening,
lie had had nothing to eat since Sat
urday noon and immediately after his
arrest asked officers to take him
where he could get something to eat.
Abram, who made a few statements
regarding the fatal shooting, was
brought here and placed in jail and
will be given a preliminary hearing
one clay this week.
Fate Plays Hard.
The cards were apparently marked
for Carpenter, the dead, negro, and
Fate seemed to be dealing from the
bottom of the deck. Saturday after
noon at 3 o’clock Carpenter was freed
from the county chaingang, where he
had been toiling for 30 days. Not quite
seven hours later as he was crossing
the court square near the new Ma
sonic temple, enjoying his recovered
freedom, Abram leaped from his de
livery truck and began pumping leafll
in his direction. One of the bullets
found its mark and Carpenter keeled
over on the sidewalk dying, after he
had run across the street to the op
posite corner. He was removed to the
hospital, but died about the time he
was placed on the operating table.
Caused Much Excitement
The shooting with its stray lead
and aeoompanying excitement took
place right in the center of a big Sat
urday night crowd, on the streets.
With the shots coming suddenly the!
street for a half block was clearer
but with the third and final shot an
excited crowd began to gather around
the dying negro, while his slayer in
the confusion dashed around the cor,
ner of the temple and made his get
away in the dark in the direction o*
“jail alley.” Office rs soon gave pur.
suit, but were unable to locate him
until Sunday afternoon when they re.
ceived information to the effect that
Abraham was in the Buffalo section.
As the case now looks Carpenter
was killed by his wife’s sweetheart,
The Carpenter matrimonial bark nev
er sailed smoothly and the “time’*
Will had beert doing up until Saturday
afternoon was for an affray with hli
spouse. While the negro was “making
time” on the Cleveland county roads
the other negroes say Abram was also
making time with Carpenter’s wife—*
and as a result of that report Carpen. 1
tor is dead and Abram faces what ap.
pears to be a hectic hereafter.
Nearby witnesses to the shooting
say Abram, who drives a delivery
truck for Paul Wellmon, local grocer,
was passing the corner at the temple
in the truck with another boy driving,
v'hen he saw Carpenter on the side
walk. Immediately the reports have it,
Abram leaped from the truck and
began shooting. In the alley at Pendle
ton s only a half a block down stood
Carpenter’s wife within hearing of the
the shot fired by her lover, that kill
ed her husband. Others say that
miram started to ride Carpenters
"ife and another woman home and
that Carpenter made his wife get out j
of the truck and that the shooting
"as the aftermath of the talk that
transpired then. Still others tell that
Abram had heard Carpenter was look
hi£T for him and that he, Abram, was
carrying the pistol for protection.
Abram’s story is that Carpenter
jumped on him with a knife and that
he shot to protect himself. However,
just a few nvinutes after being arrest
ed he told officers that he and Car
penter had a “fuss” on the street
and that he went home for his gun
after the row and just before the
shooting. Realizing that he was get
ting himself in a premediated tangle,
officers say. Abrani then told of the
attempted cutting by Carpenter.
Officers making the arrest were
hief Hamrick, Sheriff Logan, Jim
Hester, Marshal Moore and Bob Ken
‘ r‘c^’ and they say that Abram was
greatly surprised when he awoke and
ound himself looking into the muzzle
°t a gun held by an officer. He told
’hem, they say, that after getting
--Vfrom the scene of the shooting
at he circled about town, back to his
iome where he secured some clothing
and about $35 in money, and that he
"'tended to go to California, know
ln?, ^hat. he had killed his man.
he dead negro, who bore a reputa.
1,111 lhat was none too goorf, was well
iniVHi and at various times had driv
Ulls ^or a number ol Shelby people.
At)ram, a Georgia negro, was in the
emp oy of the Wellmon grocery, and
ths reputation of being rathe?^
impudent and had been in court sev
eral times for speeding and reckless
; Just Married
• Barbara Starr, stage actress new
Mrs. Gaylord Lloyd. Her hosl-rutd
Is a brother of Harold Llo> d,
famous comedian. Picture snapped
as she was preparing for a honey^
moon trip to Hawaii. /- "
Other City Officers Re-elected at,
Meeting Held Friday Night.
At a meeting of the city aldermen
and mayor held Friday night Officer;
McBride Poston, now on tiie police I
force at Kings Mountain and formerly
a member of the first department and i
police force here, was employed to re-!
turn to the city and begin his duties1
July 1 on the city police force as
traffic officer, a place created on the
force by the new city administration.
Officer Poston has a good record for!
his former service here and at Kings'
Mountain is.considered a fine officer.j
At the meeting Friday night O. M. j
Mull, who has been serving as city at-1
torncy, was re-elected by the board, j
Another to hold his position under thej
new administration, it was announced j
at the meeting, is Frank Crane, who (
is in charge of the city water station, j
Plan Mater System.
The main problem, however, con
fronting the city officials Friday
night was the proposed new water syn
tem. Engineers from five firms were
present and details regarding the new
system were thoroughly gone over, it
being the plan of the city fathers to
acquaint the engineers with the de
tailed plan before selecting an en
gineer so that the one selected might
he familiar with the work ahead ot
The bids for the proposed system
will be gone over soon, according to
Mayor Weathers, and the contract let
at an early date.
It is thought by seme that the un
founded report about the city evate*
being impure started oyer the discus
sion regarding the new system and
the aldermen are anxious that the
rumor be branded as entirely false, as
the city water here, from the stand-,
point of being free from disease, rates
Wild Shelby Girl
15 Years Old Says
Hubby A Scarecrow
A news item in the Charlotte News
of Saturday will be interesting to
Mary Lee Royster, little fifteen
year-old girl with bobbed hair and
flashing eyes, had been in hot water
ever since she was nine but when she
Gastonia man. a short time ago, she
jumped out of the boiling kettle into
the fire. Local welfare officials have
been having trouble with Mary for
si'k years and Friday afternoon Juve
nile Judge Wade II. Williams sentenc
ed her to Samarcand.
The little brunette lass said she
didn’t mind going to Samarcand one
bit declaring that her husband look
ed like a scarecrow and that she was
glad to get away from him. She wilt
leave for Samarcand Monday with
Mrs. Marion B. Munn, of the public
The conventional rules of society
have never appealed to Mary and she
has been breaking them right and
left for several years. Welfare offi
cials have on previous occasions sent
her to the Mecklenburg county home,
several private homes and to the state
Mary’s father, Charlie Royster, of
Shelby, is dead, and her mother’s ad
dress was given as the Cleveland
county jail, but Mary has known noth
ing of hci whe'ieatoui iocsome unit.
Pastor Ficm Kinston
At a congregation raeeting of
the Presbyterian church, Sun
day a call was extended to Rev.
H. X. McDiarmid, I>. 1 of Kins
ton, thil state. Dr. Mcl)iarmi<l is
a native of Cumberland county, a
trustee of Davidson college and
(Tie of the most prominent young
ministers in the Presbyterian dr
nomination. in North Carolina, jin_
has been located at Kinston < r
four years and during his pastor
ate there the church has made re
markable growth. He preached at
the Shelby Presbyterian church
some weeks ago and made a most
favorable impression on the con
gregation so the pulpit committee
composed cf John MeKnight, L.
U. Arrowood and J. B. Jones re
commended Dr. McDiarmid to the
ecngrcgati&n with the result that
the call was extended. In the :
event he accepts he will give his
full time to the local church.
Under former pastorates the
Shelby Presbyterian church has
held services only three Sundays
each month, each fourth Sunday j
the pastor preaching at the Pres
byterian church at Grover. Both
Grover and Shelby churches have
grown to such an extent they de
sire full-time pastors and the call
to Dr. McDiarmid is for his full
time with the Shelby church.
To Open Second
Week In July
Circuit to be Composed of Shelby, I.in
colnton. Maiden, Granite Falls,
Again the baseball ghost stalks
about Shelby. At a meeting held last
week at Lincolnton permanent plans
were made, according to representa
tives, for a four club, amateur cir
cuit, composed of Lincolnton, Shelby,
Maiden and Granite Falls. By the
present arrangement tacit club will
play two games per week, one at
home and one away, the schedule be
ing arranged so that the local team
Slays at l\orpjp every other Saturday.
Opens in July.
‘‘Lefty” Robinson, who attended the
meeting as the Shelby representative,
says that the first games will be play
ed the second week in July and that
the season will extend through August.
The schedule is now being arranged
and it is hoped to have the week-day
games played here cn the proposed
half holiday. Newton has organized
a club and wants in the league and it
is thought that perhaps six clubs will
start the season.
By the rules made no player can
perform on a.club unless he lived in
that county UO days prior to the time
he takes part in a game.
New Way of Selling
Shelby Home Sites
The Shelby Building- company of
which Mai Spangler is manager has!
adopted a new way of selling home- j
sites. Valuable residential lots in the'
Hoey development on the Cleveland 1
Springs road will go on sale Wed-:
nesday of this week, but there Wilfi
be no auction. Instead of the usual |
auction sale, a set price has been |
placed on the lots and they are being j
sold through a number of the leading]
real .estate firms. In this division
there are 50 home-sites, all well lo
cated in a growing section and the
lots range in price from SHOO to $750
each. The plan of selling through a
number of real estate agencies, is pat
terned somewhat after the system em
ployed in cities where there is an or-:
ganized board of realtors. All the
lots will be sold privately and pros
pects can buy through most any
agency well as direct from the
owners. The sale which starts Wed
nesday continues for ten days, during
which time it is expected that every
lot will be sold.
Death of Young Child.
Robert, two year-old, son of Mr
and Mrs. B. G. Queen, of Gardnei
street, died June 24. Funeral services
were held at Buffalo Baptist church,
near Stubbs. Rev. C. B. Way, pastes
of the Shelby Methodist Protestant
church, conducted the funeral services
Interment was in the cemetery at
The child had been seriously ill fo>
two weeks. Besides the parents, three
sisters and one brother survive. A
large number of relatives, friends and
neighbors attended the funeral serv.
Birthday Dinner July 5th.
There will be a birthday dinner at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kim Wil
liams Sunday July 5th in honor of
Mr. Williams and his twin sister,
Mrs. Kisi Gardner, it being their 63ru
birthday. Kverybody is cordially in*
vited to come and luiiig "elt-filled
EFFORT 10 CLEM
Limitation of Talk by Lawyers I'rRoiI
by Judge**. Next Judicial Con
ference in December.
North Carolina's f n - t judicial con- ;
f i ■ • ; t itself 011 1 ’da- f a \ nr ;
ing a more strict control 37 curt cai
endars by Superior court judges, and
by formal vote recommended that
they exercise the control over the
dockets that the Supreme court has
said, in its rules for their regulation,
that they have.
J. O. Carr, of Wilmington, made
the motion and led the fight for its
adoption. He expressed a desire to re
lieve the 14 Superior court judges ;
present of the responsibility of voting'
such a recommendation, stating that
he realized the position they are in, i
but that he wanted to put the law
yer.- on record as de.-irhvg regulation i
Several Superior court judges were'
dubious over the outlook for arrang
ing court dockets of courts a hundred
miles away, but it was pointed out by
others that this difficulty could be
obviated through arranging calendars
for the next term while the- Superior '
Court judge is still holding court.
Want Argument Limited.
Difficulties in the way were recog
nized, but it was thought that some
steps ought to be taken to clear up I
eogested (lockets. Judge II. P. Lana 1
brought in a suggestion to limit argu-j
merits by attorneys and his idea was1
endorsed by Judge J. L. Webb, of
Shelby. It was the idea of those two
experienced judges that from one to
two days a week could be saved by j
limiting arguments by lawyers ana
by cutting it out although in misde
meanor cases unless there was soma
special point to be argued.
Judge Lane also wants a lav.- passed
cutting out: the recapitulation of evi
dence by the judge and requiring law
yers to submit their instructions be
fore argument to the jury, so that the
law of the case may be settled before 1
hand, leaving the field for argument
open only to facts.
The conference is to be organized
into six sections, one to consider the
judicial system, one on process and!
pleading, one on juries, one on trials,!
orre on appeals, and one on rules of j
plactiee. Members of these sections j
will be named by Chief Justice Stacy,
who presided at the conference yes
Before adjourning the conference
decided to hold meetings the last week
in December and the last week in |
June in Raleigh. _
City and Bathing
Water Is Pure*
Nothing To Report About Pollution
In Drinking Water, While King's
Lake Rates Very High.
Through a rumor for which no
source can be found the report was
circulated about town last week that
the city drinking water nad been con
demned, or that it carried typhoid.
Along with the same report, and bas
ed perhaps on the same unfounded and
untrue rumor, was another in connec
tion with, the water in Rafe King’s
bathing beach just cast of town. Mr.
R. V. Toms, superintendent of the
city water works, and Mr. King as a
result of the reports are very em
phatic in denying them, showing as
evidence an analysis, whieh reveals
the fact that as drinking water the
water being used in Shelby is almost
perfect and that King’s swimming
pool rates, as one of the most clean
arid sanitary in the state.
The bacteria count for typhoid in
the city water was on the last analysis
given as zero as was every other bac
teria count, and the report and analy
sis was by the State Department of
Health. The water is analyzed regu
larly by the state department as well
as city officials and no such condi
tions could exist as reported by the
King's pool, which is proving very
popular with bathers, is fed by three
running streams of water, all coming
from hillside springs, with no water
whatsoever aerived from the city
tanks or the creek. Although it is
spring water it is treated with the
same chemicals as drinking water
and considering that the pool has a
sand bottom it rates as perhaps the
most sanitary in the state.
MORE COTTON BLOSSOMS
REPORTED TO THE STAR
W. A. Crowder found open cotton
blossoms in his field last week; so did
Rev. J. Y. Devenny who is farming
J. D. S. Carpenter’s farm at Lawn,
dale. A red bloom was picked from
W. S. Jones field on Lattimore R-l on
June 25th, while J. B. Shuford ot
Grover route 2 gathered a quantity
from his fine fields on June 24th anu
. — •——
—Birth—Born Wednesday June 24th
at The Shelby public hospital to Mr.
and Mi 1 Br '• n > fine, .-on Jcs
GET HEAVY FINES
Catch Two Young Men With 10 Cal
lous of Booze. Both Bull Unusual
And Plead Guilty.
Friday Deputy Sheriff Pluto Led j
f'-rd and Marvin Hoyle halted a new
Ford touring ear in upper Cleveland j
only to have the two young men who
occupied the car to depart hurriedly!
across a field. The officers, however,
gave chase and caught them. Follow- j
ing their arrest 10 gallons of liquor
was found in the* car and the two
youiig men, F. R. Emory and, J. L.
Hendi rson, Spartanburg, were placed
in jail here.
At the trial Saturday morning the
boys through their attorney from
Spartanburg plead guilty and attempt j
ed in no way to spin yarns about the I
charger against them. The young wife !
of Henderson v,as in court as was his
father and in the evidence offered by
the attorney it was said that he was
injured some time ago and being un
able to work tried the rum-runninp
plan to earn a living for his wife and ;
two children. .Neither, according to j
the records examined had ever been
in court before and owing, to their
frankness in coming clean Judge Mull
fined them $100 and the most each,
giving a suspended sentence of four
months each if they are ever caught
dealing with liquer in this county in
any form for a period of two years.
Thankful For Sentence.
It is not often that a judge is thank
ed for imposing a sentence, especially
with the thanks returned by the one
sentenced, hut such was the case Sat
urday morning when James Elder,
colored, thanked Judge Mull for a
six-months term of toil on the roads.
Elder was sentenced for manufactur
ing liquor, but despite the thanks an ;
appeal was entered. The recorder ex
pressed surprise at the thanks and
the negro, who is a Georgia product,
replied: “Well, boss, Ah alius tries ter
Married Two Wbmen.
At the same session of court Haas
Phillips, colored, sometimes known as
Bridges was placed under a $200 bond
for Superior court, where he will face
a bigamy charge. Back in 1921'Hass
married Claudia Poston. He left her
it seems and last week officers found
him living with Murl Jeffries at
Boiling Springs. At the officers’ in
quiry a South Carolina marriage li
cense was produced, but even such a
document from the sister state does
not excuse a fellow when he is al
ready married, or so thought the
judge, The second wife, whp .didn’t
think therp. was anything wrong in
marrying a maried man if he want
ed her to and wat not living with his
wife, waS let off with the costs. Phil
lips had nothing to say for himself.
Stores To Close On
Beginning Thursday afternoon
of this week, July 2, the majority
of the business houses of Shelby
will close for a hnlf'holiday week
ly. The closing agreement will
continue through the months of
July and A***usl.
The half holiday for those who
work in the uptown business sec
tion has been talked for sometime
and the petition has been circulat
ed by a committee from the Ki
wanis club, the majority of the
up-town business houses signing
to give the half holiday. Stores, it
is announced, will close promptly
at 12 o'clock, and those within
the trading area are requested to
note the half holiday so as not to
plan their shopping trips on that
Banks Will Close For
Fourth On Saturday
The banks of Shelby will be closed
for the entire day Saturday in observ
ance of the Fourth of July, it is an
nounced. Anyone having urgent busi
ness with any of the banks should at
tend to the matter on Friday so as
not to be inconvenienced is their ad-1
Owing to the usual heavy Saturday j
trade the other business houses of the ■
town will not close, but will be open
for business the entire day as usual, it
being felt that the week-end shopping
could hardly be halted with convert,
ience to the general public.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank our friends and
neighbors for their kindness show'n:
us during the death of our son Not'd
Mr. and Mrs. R. C» Champion.
Idle horses are most cheaply kept on
pasture, but the hard-working horse
or mule will keep in better health and
will be mote efficient when fed on
suitable dry grains and good hay
Tb: P:os?res;t't Farmer.
Probably U'Skippy”JStivers Wwiiii |
never be seen again In this poselAn'
AlJ-Paciflc quarterback football play-1
er with the Idaho tintvtrutty*team'
las year," "Sklppy” has entered pro
fessional baseball with the Ban . ran-'
CISCO club of the Coast League. —‘
New Offices Installed at Ceremony In
Handsome Temple on Friday
Evening, June 26.
The new officers for Cleveland
lodge No. 202 A. F. and A. M., were
installed at a ceremony held Friday
evening in the Master Masons lodge
room on the fourth floor of the.new
Masonic temple oil the Washington
Warren street corner of the court,
square. The ceremony was the first
one of installation to be held in the
new temple, which is considered one of
the most beautiful Masonic struct
ures in the South Atlantic states.
Elected officers installed were:
Capt, J. F. Roberts, worshipful mas
ter, succeeding Mr. C. S. Young; Mr.
Carr-K. Cline, senior warden, succeed
ing Mr. Will V. Metcalf; Mr. George:
D. Washburn, junior warden succeed,
ing, Mr. Carr E. Cline. The installa
tion ceremony was handled by the re
tiring worshipful master assisted by i
Mr. Lander McBrayer as marshal. j
Appointed officers installed were:
Jas. F. Roberts, ienior deacon; L. I*.
Holland, junior deacon; ,J. Conley
Eskridge, senior steward; Those 11.
Osborne, junior steward; E. A. Kuda
8 ill, tiler; J. H. Quinn, chaplain.
The following committees to serve
during the year were appointed by
the new worshipful master:
Financial committee-— J. I). Line*
berger, W. It. Hoey, S. A. Washburn,
W. V. Metcalf, J. fl. Quinn., J. S. Dor
tan, J. R. Dover.
Orphan Asylum Committee—T. J.
Babington, George G. Moore, John S.
Reference committee—R. E. Car
penter, J. T. Bowman, L. U. Arrowood.
Reception committee—L .E, Ligon,
W. N. Dorsey, J. Wm. Osborne, H. F*.
Young, G. B. Lovelace, Evans B. Shull,
Dr. T. (). Grigg.
Program committee—C. R. Hoey, 1.
C. Griffin, Geo. I’. Webb, Dewey Plum
Historian-—L. F. McBrayer.
Committee on By-laws—C. S. Young
VV. R. Hoey, T. J. Babington.
Music committee— I.. 1*. Holland, E. I
G. Morrison, Thos. H. Osborne, W. V. I
Metcalf, T. J. Babington, W. R. Hoey,
S. A. Washburn, A. P. Beam, B. A.j
defier, L. U. Arrowood, J. H. Lee, D. |
D. Wilkins, A. H. Galloway, G. B.!
Lovelace, R. E. Lutz, Jack Palmer, |
Robert C. Herd, H. C. Griffin.
Daughters To Sell
Fair List Advertising
Mrs. Zeb Mautiey, official in the!
Daughters of the Confederacy an-j
nounct s that the issuance of the Clev
eland County Fair premium list ot
the second annual county fair has
l»een consigned to the Daughters of!
the Confederacy who will sell the ad
vertising space to the merchants and
business firms of the county. Menu \
hers of this organization will begin
to make a canvass this week ant?" it!
is hoped that all firms will give them:
every encouragement by taking space, j
Not only is the .fair premium hook a:
valuable advertising medium but the'
daughters will receive all money re-!
ceived above the cost of printing and
the money will go toward furnishing
the woman's club room in the new Ma
Prayer Meeting at Central.
Prayer meeting at Central Methodist
church Wednesday evening a, 8
o’clock. Where do you spend your ev
enings Y Can t. o« arni'p to h. vith
North Carolina Cooking for Gard
ner's Inauguration as Shakespcar's
Girl Awaited Wedding Day.”
Raleigh, June 28.—(Greensboro
Nt patch) =Jmtge Frank Win
stun, \\ i has been up Gastoniawards
judging the Gaston courts, explains
the : • vornorship flurr;- recently.
"The candidates alwny come out at
this time,” he said; “if hey ain’t out
next year you need not take them se
The judge is not serious about any
of them except Max Gardner. The
Bertie philosopher, the acknowledged
all-round, Graeco-Rontana and catch,
as-catch can sage of the state, has
given three score years to the study
of the ways of men. He never knew
anybody to run in the running year
for candidates without a start of at
least, three years.
That makes absolutely out of the
question any effective opposition to
Max Gardner, calamity and artificial
conditions barred, A frost in July or
a strike by consumers of tobacco or
cotton, might produce enough adver
sity to change the public’s mind. But
never was the state's voting popula
tion quite so determined to elevate a
man to the governorship as it is to
promote Gardner. There would have
been candidates against hint long be
fore now if Gardner, the incarnation
of the inevitable, had not fixed this
thing four years ago.
Instead of losing as the days pass,
Gardner will gain every day, the ar
tificiality barred. The state will be
yearning for him every day. It was
mad at Morrison all the time; it will
be mystified at McLean most of the
time. The governor has shut himself
ui) and the state won’t see him much.
Business has driven him to the closet,
but that won't alter the feeding of the
folks. They wish to see their gover
nor, to shake his hand and crack small
conversation with him. They are crazy
for a big human spirit like Aycock
and Bickett. In time the state will
come to think of McLean as a marver
in finance and orderly governor. It
is very difficult now to “get him” as a
master in Wall street- holding North
Carolina bonds off the market while
the state trades its notes at a lower
rate of interest and pays them off
with the matcematieal precision of thg
sun. Bui it will take the state quite
some time to find McLean in that
pose. Meanwhile Gardner will be given
the body politic a hear hug and going
down the pike.
Judge Winston Knows.
Judge Winston did not go into his
tory When talking of governorships.
He just Winked his off eye and said;
"If they ain’t out next year you need
not take them seriously.” The judge
knows. Running for governor is such
a serious business that one must start,
before day and keep going year in and
year out. Nobody is doing that. Gard
ner has been nominated four years.
The state has had -a taste of him. as
There is nobody in all the land that
the sta‘o so likes. His two predeces
sors intensify that devotion. He took
the spotlight from Morrison by sheer
sportsmanship and while McLean
struggles with basic t gs, the state
will be looking to Gardner’s inaugu
ration as Shakespeare's girl impati
ently awaited her own wedding day.
That marks a state of mind that can
not he overcome by any natural
causes. Judgment day, an Egyptian
famine, a firstelass eruption of hell
might change things, but it wlil take
one or all of them to do it.
If the Gardner lines could be dented,
Alf Scales would be the ideal man to
undertake it. He is very strong with
the women; he has the dash of tho
best Morrisonian. But he is four years
late and that ageint the best personal
runner North Carolina ever had. They
say now that Gardner had no platform
in 1020. Very well, who else has hall
the voters of the state? Besides, he
had most of the other half until wo,
man suffrage plagued him for his re
lias Running Star.
Mr. Scales, starting July 1920 and
spending about $5,000 a month
through to the present would hav*.
been approximately on even terms
with the Shelby statesman.
And to make this psychology all
pervading, Charlotte’s most eminent
men are amongst the most aggressive
advocates of their neighbor whom
they beat on a superlative fluke four
years ago. They are for Gardner no
matter who runs or where. If opposi
tion cannot be started three years
ahead of the race a fight is hopeless.
And so it is.
An Occasional Dull Morning.
The Houston Post-l)isputeh.
North Carolina is a vigorous stale,
but we suppose now and then it has its
dull mornings when “Buck” Duke does
nut a „ . i >!■ or so more to Duka
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