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(By M. L. Shipman.)
Ralciffh, Aur. 3.—With the deficit
question again to the front and with
flueslion vu v.. ■
Governor McLean rebuking: sharply
those who criticized his admipistra- j
,ion Raleigh citizens had interesting .
reading matter the past week. At the
' . time the Auto License Bureau,
‘ Ueht with a mass of work piled up
jt had to work overtime to issue |
L.uhps to all who applied before the
extension period expired on August
, Thl, citv also passed thirty minutes
If working period Friday in trib
ute to the memory of the Great Com
moner, William Jennings Bryan who ;
was being lowered to his eternal rest
Turing that half hour. Many there
.verc in Raleigh who knew the Demo
..ratjc leader personally and who
mourned sincerely his passing from a
umsonal standpoint. Others mourned
hi death because of the loss oi a
' pat moral leader, a religious cru
Ler while still other mourned the
'in* of a groat political leader.
Saturday, State Auditor Baxter I
Durham disused a statement at the re-,
nuost of former Governor Morrison
showing the state deficit in the gen
al fuJK| to bo $3,123,320 on the ac I
* a!" basis under which the Morn
con administration operated. Th:»
compared with a deficit figure of
LJ, than nine millions which was;
shown on the “cash” system adopter
bv Governor McLean. A significant
feature of the auditor’s statement
was that he said there was provision
in the law for naming the defici on
L ••accrual” basis though this had
becn neglected when Governor Me ;
Lean's first statement was issued.
Governor Morrison asked for the
statement, he said, to show the peo
ple „f the State tha the deficit charg
ed against his administration by the
McLean administration was great y
exaggerated and could be largely ac
counted for by the change m methods
„f financing. Governor McLean had
nothing to say with reference to the
^Friday, Governor McLean Issued a
statement in which he said detractors
of his administration were trying to
belittle his efforts and intimating
that progress was being slowed up by
the economy program. He declared
that these reports could be traced to
those who were hostile to him in
other matters and cited figures on
road construction in support of his
contention that progress was not be
ing slowed down by his program. An
interesting statement by the gover
nor was that he expected the next two
year period to see $40,000,000 to $45,
000,000 applied to good roads, a por
tion of this to come from county loans
to the State Highway Commission.
A stir was created during the
week when the first preliminary re
port of the Salary and Wage Com
mission was issued it being that deal
ing with the 900 odd employees of
the Highway Commission. It showed
the net result of the salary investi
gation had been to decrease two sal
aries and increase 21, the result be
ing an actual increase in expenses of
the Department. The statement was
issued by Frank Page, chairman of
the commission, but Governor Mc
Lean, who feels very much any criti
cism of the Wage Commission, Urued
a statement at once ip which he de
clared the schedule wa's a preliminary
one and that it would not be final un
til the wage commission and ne had
given it approval. The Highway Com
mission, assuming that the schedule
will be adopted, has issued orders to
all department and district heads to
nlace it in effect.
One hundred and eight men and one
woman have so far indicated their in
tention to take the summer bar ex
amination before the Supreme Court
August 21th. A new order of the
Court requires applications <or new
license to be filed a month before the
The Bureau of vital statistics of
the State Board of Health ascertain
that there were 108 suicides in the
state during the year 1024, of which
ninety four were white persons and
thirteen negroes. The state suicide
rate is found to be 3.0 per 100,000
population, while that of the country
at large is placed at 15 per cent per
Superintendent A. T. Allen, of the
State Department of Education, is
authority for the statement that ne
gro education in North Carolina has
been greatly stimulated in the last
five years. The satisfactory progress
of the twenty-four negro schools re
ported by Prof. N. C. Newbold, direc
tor of the state division of negro edu
cation, forms the basis for the state
ment of Professor Allen, who is es
pecially pleased with the evidences of
Governor McLean has designated
the following gentlemen as an advis
ory commission of the Caswell Train
ing school for the purpose of making
an investigation and survey as to the
scope of the work to be undertaken
by the board of directors of that in
stitution at whose request the Board
was authorized; Dr. W. S. Rankin,
Raleigh, chairman; Dr. Thos. W.
Vernon, Morganton; Dr. Thurman D.
I Kitchin, Wake Forest; W. C. Dowd,
sr., Charlotte; Gilbert T. Stevenson,
1 Raleigh; Capt. Nathan O'Berry,
Goldsboro; Henry A. Page, Aberdeen;
J. O. Carr, Wilmington.
McDowell county hands the State
| Highway Commission $200,000 to aid
: in the construction of the road from
Marion to Micaville; Henderson loans
$100,000 for the construction of the
link between Hendersonville and Horse
Shoe and Union advances $50,000 to
aid in the building of 4 1-2 miles lead
ion south from Monroe on Route 25.
Insurance Commissioner Wade de
cides that the Palmetto Fire Insur
ance Company, of Sumpter, S. C. must!
change its plan of writing auto insur
ance by August 15 or lose its license
in North Carolina. The agents had
been handling the auto insurance
thhrough the manufacturer in anoth
er state which was not in accord with
the North Carolina law, but have
agreed to meet requirements of the
Insurance Department an I are allow
ed to proceed.
Senator P. H. Williams and Walter
H. Woodson; Representatives N. A.
Townsend and Walter Murphy, R. S.
McCoin and Arthur M. Nixon, consti
tuting’ the advisory budget commis
sion, the last two being selected by
the Governor, in session here during
the week decided to make a tour of
all state institutions between this
time and the end of the year.
The Board of Trustees of the Fast
Carolina Teachers College have de
cided to spend practically the entire
$250,000 appropriated for new con
struction to campus building A meet
ing of the board was recently held in
the offices of State Superintendent
Allen, chairman ex-officio. Other
members present: E. G. Beddingfield,
Dr. J. Y. Joyner, L. W. Tucker and
F. C. Harding.
Attorney General Brummitt is to
assist Solicitor W. F. Evans in the
prosecution of the four Raleigh ice
manufacturers under indictment for
conspiracy in restraint of trade. The
trial is expected to come up at the
special term of Wake Superior Court
set for August 10. The manufacturers
deny the charges and continue to de
liver ice at the price fixed at the be
ginning of the season.
The chamber of commerce finds
that Raleigh now has a population
numbering 30,371, at the very lowest
estimate. The rapid increase recently
at attributed to mammoth suburban
The Corporation Commission re
vokes the license of J. Oscar Barrett,
of Asheville, as a salesman of the
Chimney Rock Mountains, Inc., the
action being taken on information
that he had made misrepresentations
concerning lands under development
by that corporation. Licenses held by
C. F. Dockins of Fletcher, and William
P. Henderson, of Asheville, are re
called on request of their employer,
Arthur Crane, who states they are
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And Places On The Market Shelby's
Best Business Property
This Is An Important Notice. The Most Important Recently.
-IT WILL SET THE ENTIRE TOWN TALKING.
—IT WILL SELL SOMETHING. *
SHELBY’S BEST BUSINESS PROPERTY FOR SALE.
We are pleased to announce that we have secured some of the best
business property in Shelby, the .1. E. WEBB PROPERTY. lour store
rooms on South LaFayette Street and one garage on Graham Street, corner
lot, 100x130 feet, this is some of the best business property in Shelby, and
all that we know of that can be bought of this kind—at any price.
This is your opportunity to buy some of the best property in Shelby
that is being offered for sale today, or will probably be offered for years to
come. If you are interested in this high class business property that is now
yielding substantial return and is enhancing rapidly in value, it will pay
you to see us. The price is attractive and the terms liberal.
J. B. NOLAN CO.
Office In Lineberger Building-Over Woolworth Store
Shelby, N. C. - »-» Phone 70.
IN THE last Star
THERE WAS an item.
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SAYING THAT Central Hotel.
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HAD BEEN leased.
TO A big hotel man.
WHO INTENDED to change
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THE ENTIRE hostelry.
FROM TOP to bottom.
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AND MAKE it modern
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IN EVERY respect
* to 3rar
AND THE announcement.
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SOUNDED VERY progressive.
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BUT AS a warning.
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TO MR. Brabble.
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WE SUGGEST that he leave. \
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THE REAR lobby.
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AS IT is now.
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SO THAT Julius Elliott. T-’
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SAMPSON, and Ike Berger
Z. J. THOMPSON and Roger Laugh*
MAY PLAY checkers there.
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WHILE ALL the others.
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LIKE JOE Baber and ^
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JOHN BEST and Jim Beason.
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PLAY HEARTS and bridge.
AND THE travelling men.
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LOOK ON and smile.
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FOR THESE very games. '
THAT GO on there.
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ARE THE biggest attraction. X1, ’
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AT OLD Central. ’’I
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AI$D THE guests would feel.
AS IF an old friend had died. ^
SHOULD THEY be stopped.
AND THAT’S, wo think.
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JUST STRAIGHT "dopS.”''
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I THANK you.
(With apologies to tld.)
The column hopes that hereafter
the writings of Henry L. Menken,, th*
peer of unpoliteness, *ill he taboo in
Shelby. Of course, it is a hope that
will hardly be realized, but as n regu
lar reader of Mencken and with a
copy of his American Mercury on our
desk, he is taboo with us. And after
reading his vile attack on Bryan, af
ter the Great Commoner had passed
on, we believe many of the fans of
the Baltimore Sun writer will desert
Public sentiment is generally a
square-playing, fifty-fifty working of
human nature. It is a creed—an un
written one, but one of the most uni
versally respected—not to speak evil
of the dead. Often have we heard
men pick out and speak of the good
points in a bad man as they passed
with bowed heads by his bier. Just
as Americans hate to see a generally
termed brutal prize fighter strike be
low the belt while battling in the
ring, so do they despise the so-called
gentleman, who hits deeper than be
low the belt, by slanderous remarks
directed at one who is dead and can
never defend himself.
Men have been mobbed for less than
Mencken said of the man whose pic
ture hangs in 76 per cent of the
homes of America’s plain people—W.
J. Bryan. E’en those who held oppo
site views, political and otherwise,
from the Great Commoner could say
nothing more against him than that
he would stick eternally by his con
victions—and such is a tribute. But
along comes Mencken, the egotistical,
with the most brutal word assault
ever read after the subject of his
scathing remarks has answered the
Read Mencken’s attack on the late
idol of the American plain people—
“yokels” as he says—and see if here
after you can take such a glory in
following the ramblingg of a mind
that has no principles:
“Bryan was a vulgar and common
man, a cad undiluted. He was ignor
ant, bigoted, self-seeking, blatant and
dishonest. His career brought him in
to contact with the first men of his
time; he preferred the company of
rustic ignoramuses. It was hard to be
lieve, watching him at Dayton, that
he had traveled, that he had been a
high officer of state. He seemed only
a poor clod like those around him, de
luded by a childish theology, full of
an almost pathological hatred of all
i i^arqinj jU hum .tut dignity all beauty,
all fine and noble things. lie wan a
peasant come home to the dung-pile.
Imagine a gentleman, and you have
imagined everything that he was not.”
Will the "ignoramuses" continue to
let one who would write such an obit
uary think for them ?
Not that we want to cut Ebeltoft’s
business in Mencken magazines, but
really don’t you think even the Whizz
Bang has more principle?
Here’s a tip for the realty dealers:
When advertising property for sale,
stick in the price. It’s the price that
catches the buyers. When a man
reaches the point that he considers
buying a home he knows just what
price he can pay; when some person
has saved enough money so thnt he,
or she, can make an investment, and
personally want to put it in Shelby
real estate—which is a good buy—
they know just how much they can
invest. An “ad" with the price in it,
or an approximate price, has a "pull.”
Most any real •estate advertisement
of Shelby or Cleveland county prop
erty nowadays pulls some answers,
but they are more or less disinterest
ed inquiries. The people answering
are sold on the price, and if the
property comes up to expectations
there is a sale. And that, we presume,
is the ultimate aim of every adver
About, this time of the year when
you see a man looking at the ther
mometer and smiling it’s hard to tell
whether he .sells iee or coal.
This misquoted and corrected state
ment of Judge Shaw seems to have
drawn quite a bit of attention to the
Cleveland county court room. While
we were being interested in the
"bobbed-hair bandit" and her esca
pades, the doings of the Deanes, and
suchlike, the remainder of the state
seemed to be either criticising or si
lently applauding the university
atheism remark that became a state
of topic overnight. At that sentiment
generally speaking, seems to approve
of the Shaw statement to a certain
extent. Every man heard to discuss
the matter has his own pet ideas
about religious beliefs in the universi
ties, but few can understand why
Judge Shaw should be criticised for
repeating that "it is said that 40 per
cent of the boys turned out of our
universities are atheists.” Many peo
ple have reason to believe that, or so
one would judge from their conversa
tionn, so, what right have they to be
criticised about believing the report
when no evidence to the contrary is
It is admitted, we believe, that
there is a certain percentage of such
as was named in the Shaw state
ment. Why shouldn't those opposing
the reported percentage give out the
correct figures instead of calling on
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Twenty Nine Years Ago
(From The Cleveland Star of Aug. 6, 1896)
Open Cotton (toll.
“The first open cotton boll report
ed in this county this year was July
30th, and by Janies Edwards, a tenant j
on Mr. Edmund Lovelace’s place, neur
town. There nre plenty of bolls now.
Tho cotton crop will he gathered earl
ier this year than usual.”
The Wheat Crop.
“Mr. John O. Whisnant of Holly
Bush reports that he made twenty-six
bushels of wheat from one bushel of
seed. The seed was the improved Blue j
Stem variety. This is an excellent
yield for one bushel.
Ryburn’s New Home. . _
"A. H. Moore of Charlotte, has the
contract to build for R. L. ltyburn an
elegant nine-room residence on South
Washington street. Work was begun
j this week. The plan was made by
| Architect Hook of Charlotte.”
"Messrs l). D. Wilkins and William
Cabaniss left Tuesday for York coun
ty to sell sowing machines.
"Messrs. G. W. antt R. L. Howell are
here this week, the latter to spend
about one month. Mr. U. L. Howell
| has been teaching school in Nash
I "Mrs. P. B. McMurry and Miss Cor
rine Webb are attending the meeting
at Sharon this week.
"Mrs. M. E. Staeom of Augusta,
Ga., is here visiting her son, E. G.
"Mrs. R. S. Ellis returned Monday
: from Grover, where she has been vis
I iting her son.
“Mrs. A. C. Miller left Monday for
' Red Springs to attend the elders and
i deacons’ institute at that place.
"Mr. and Mrs. John A. Darwin of
Charleston, S. C., are visiting Mrs.
Darwin’s parents, Rev and Mrs. G.
1 M. Webb.
"Miss Adelaide Gardner returned
i home Wednesday from Rock Hill, S.
■ C., where she has been visiting her sis
ter, Mrs. A. T. Robertson .
“Miss Allie Nooe returned last week
from Charlotte where she has been
visiting for several weeks.
“Miss Laura Whisnant attended the
marriage of her friend, Miss Pearl
Mauney at Cherryville last week.
“Mr. R. S. Plonk of Kings Moun
tain gave us a pleasant call Monday
and renewed his subscription. He is
the popular mayor and postmaster of
, his town.
“Mr. Guy Hull is spending several
days here with his brother, Mr. L. M.
"Sheriff F. S. Fortenberry and son
returned Friday from Blowing Rocl\
where they have been spending sev
“Mr. John L. Nix returned home
Saturday from a three week’s visit
to his old home in South Carolina.
“John M. Black is taking in the eld
ers and deacon’s institute at Red
Spi mgs this week. He will be ausent
severnl days visiting his old home In
‘Miss Maggie Jones of Darlington,
S. C., arrived Tuesday to spend a few
days with her parents.”
Hatcher For Constable.
“The delegates to the county con
vention from No. C township met ants
unanimously nominated Mr. A. Hatch
er Webb for township constable. The
names of other gentlemen ware pre
sented, and although Mr. Webb was
not a candidate, he was unanimously
nominated. He will be elected by h
majority nnd will make a most excel
lent officer. He is one Democrat who
is absolutely certain to be elected in
•'Skins His Shackles.”
“It is reported that Daniel Pool,
who recently escaped from the peni
tentiary, visited his former home in
upper Cleveland and succeeded in get
ting his shackles removed and then
left for parts unknown. It is to be
hoped that he may never return to
“Mr. Jonah Green, a prosperous and
industrious young man of Boiling
Springs was happily married yester
day afternoon in the Baptist church at
Boiling Springs to Miss Blanche Ham
rick, the beautiful and accomplished
daughter of Mr. D. J. Hanirick. Rev.
G. P. Hamrick officiating. Tho Star
joins their host of friends in wishing
them a long and happy life.”
The Democratic Ticket Then.
“The following is the complete
ticket named Saturday.
“For the legislature—Dr. B. F. ,
“For sheriff—A. B. Suttle.
"For register of deeds—J. F. Wil
“For treasurer—J. H. Green.
“For coroner—Dr. R. C. Ellis.
“For surveyor-—A. E. Elliott.
“For county commissioner—I. W.
Garrett, W. A. Martin, M. M. Maun* ,
(Continued on page five.)
■ W % ... V Sr? y -
are making some very attractive prices on all summer goods
making room for fall goods which are coming every day.
House Dresses, made of fast color Ging
ham and Percale. Sizes 98C
36 to 54 _
One rack of Silk, Voile and Crepe Dresses
worth up to $4.00.
One rack of Imported Voile Dresses, the
$5.00 and $7.50 kind. d*0 QC
Week end price
One rack of Silk Dresses that formerly
sold for $12.50 to $14.50
to close out for
50c Voile and Swiss. All good colors and
good patterns 25C
Fine Voiles, fancy floral designs, AtZ _
75c value, special_
Longcloth, yard wide, soft and *1
smooth. Special_ 1UC
32-inch Dress Gingham and
Yard wide Sheeting, smooth
Ladies Silk Hose. All colors, worth more
than we ask,
Men’s Blue Chambray Work Shirts. Full
Boys Overalls, made
Little Boys long pants,
white, grays, etc.
Large size Octagon Soap,
of heavy dark
Special size Octagon Soap,
Slop Jars, a real $1.00
SHOES AND OXFORDS AT HALF
PRICE AND LESS \
These Shoes are all this seasons goods.
Taken from our regular stock. Only
three or four of a kind. Buy out of this
lot and save half.
See us before you buy your Trunk, Bag or Suit Case. We have a
car load to select from. t
All other Summer Goods are going at greatly reduced prices. JL
Efird’s Department Store
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