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0f Shelby And The State’s
Fertile Farming Section,
Modem J^Department,
1925 Census_8,854
Where Industry Joins With
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“Covers Cleveland Completely.”
SHELBY, N. C. FRIDAY, NOV. 0, 1925. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. $2.00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE
Jones Gets Year Sentence
On Roads In Crime Enigma
Court And Attorney
puzzled At Unusual
Nature Of Crime.
To Look After
Jin1 Jones, found guilty of an a?
mlt on a female—a little eight-ycar
j o)fJ phi—was just before noon today
sentenced to the No. 6 township con
vict gang for a period of one year.
The jury returned the verdict of guilty
.several days ago in court but decision
was withheld by Judge Shaw so that
he might consider a just decision for
vhat the defendants attorney termed
a-crime enigma.”
In a plea for mercy to the judge
prior to the passing of the sentence
the defense counsel, O. Max Gardner,
stated that to him the crime of which
|,is client was found guilty still re
mained a puzzle, one of the few that
had failed to clear up in his court
experience. His client. Mr. Gardner
stated, contends still that he is inno
cent of the first charge preferred ar.d
the one for which he was declared
guilty. Judge Shaw agreed with the
statement Regarding the enigma and
could see, h£ said, no other explana
tion of the crime than “moral de
pravity” such as is not shown on the
likeable face of Jones.
With the sentence Judge Shaw ad
vi eel the clerk of court that the wel
fare officer be advised to look after
the welfare of the little girl, who '.v is
prosecuting witness in the case. “She
i- the most sensible girl for her ag -
I have ever seen in the court room,”
the jurist declared, “and it will be a
credit to the state to make of her a
fine woman and see that she is not led
into a life of immorality.” Her chances
for the future were discussed and cor.
ridered not of the best as to envir
onment and instruction.
Jones, it will be remembered, was
brought into court charged with erim
i al assault on the little girl at a
soring in Flat Rock near her home on
Sunday afternoon about two weeks
rgn. From the Aiusual evidence and
circumstances the grave charge was
supplanted by the charge of assault
on.a female and the jury verdict wos
guilty. Spectators were barred from
the court room while the little girl
testified and through the run of evi
dence, it seems as if there was some
connection between tlje prime and an
other woman of bad reputation, who
was with Jones at the time. Just what
part this woman, who is said to be out
of the state r.ow, played the public
generally does not know.
Pass Other Sentences.
At the Friday morning’s session a
number of other prisoners already
conflicted were sentenced. Solicitor
Huffman returned during the morn
ing from Newton, where he investigac
id a homicide case, and the few re
maining criminal cases were disposed
ef before the civil docket was resum
Carl Blackwood, the young boy
charged and convicted of entering sev
eral stores, was sentenced to the
state prison for six months at hard,
labor, the judge considering it better
to send a boy to the prison than to
tlie road camp.
W. B. Owens, pathetic figure to
"hum the honor, or dishonor, came of
icing the oldest defendant in court—
40 years of age—was given an eight
months suspended sentence and to pay
the costs for the larceny of a bale of
cotton. With a wife and seven chil
dren and only a poor crop the judge
gave Owens another '-fiance with ca
pias to issue on his sentence by order
of the court at any time within a
three-year period.
Dociu Spurlin, white woman, who
laced a charge at the last court, but
'■ a- not sentenced because of the sud
den death of her father, was given six
months sentence in jail.
A youth found guilty of store br* ak
mp and the larceny of cigarettes prov
ed to he under 16 years of d(fe and he
was turned over to George P. Webb,
judge of juvenile court.
On Civil Docket.
A number of issues were takjBn up
ai d disposed of on the civil calendar
Wednesday, Thursday and today.
Three divorce cases were continued
ahd others disposed of. A divorce was
granted Erpest Bratton from Miu
nie Mozella Bratton at the last term
'1 eourt, but through r.n oversight of
the counsel in the case the court or
der was not signed until this term.
The divorce cases, following the pre
cedent of the last term of eourt, made
UP a big portion of the civil docket.
1 ourt was not in session for a part,
ef the afternoon Thursday and Coun
tv Solicitor Chas. A. Burrus acted as
solicitor in the few criminal cases
up Friday morning before the
P-'uiu ot Solicitor Huffman,
Is He Another?
Robert Drown, captain and center
Cor Michigan this sedson, may bring
All-America honors again to Mich
igan. Vick and I Mott have < iado
the All team during the last three
Jeafs, and sport writers are picJrtng
Brown to retreat. He is a protege
of Blott and already is recognized
as probably the best center in the
U'g Tea.
McBrayer Sells
Clothing Store
Evans E. McBrayer has soli" his
men’s clothing and furnishing store
on S. LaFayette street to Sam Blan
ton and \V. L. Wright who have moved
to Shelby from Raleigh where they
have been connected with Gilmer’s
Raleigh department store for a num
ber of years. McBrayer has been in
the mercantile business for himself 20
years and including his clerkship be
fore he entered for himself, has be
hind him an experience of 33 years
except for three years rest. In order
to take a much needed rest he has
clos 'd out his stock here to Blanton
and Wright who take charge the early
part of next week. Mr. Blanton is a
native Shelby boy. son of J. H. Blan
ton, S. DeKalb street. He has been in
the mercantile business 18 years. Mr.
Wright has had 10 years experience
in the mercantile business. Both are
hustling young men who will no doubt
make a splendid success here.
The new company will be incorpor
ated under a name to be selected soon
and continue the business at the same
stand on S. LaFayette street.
Mrs. Roxana Wilkie
Buried Wednesday
Mrs. Roxana Wilkie, wife of T. B.
Wilkie died at the Ella mill Tuesday
following an illness of about two
weeks and the funeral was conducted
at the Second Baptist church Wednes
day afternoon at 2 o'clock by her pas
tor, Rev. Rush Padgett, assisted by
Rev. A. C. Irvin. The interment was
at the Hawkins cemetery near Mocr
esboro Wednesday afternoon, Mrs.
Wilkie before marriage being Rox
ana Hawkins and a native of that
section. Mrs. Wilkie kept a boarding
house in South Shelby for a number
of years and was an energetic and
1 eloved woman. She was 49 years of
age and leaves surviving her hue
band and five children, Mrs. A. V.
Rippy, Billing apd Maude Wilkie, a
son Guardie Wilkie and another mar
ried daughter of Gastonia.
Mrs. Wilkie will be greatly missed
by her host of friends and neighbors.
With the advance to tri-weekly
publication The Star offers its read
ers an added news attraction m a
weekly letter from Raieigh by M.
L. Shipman veteran observer and
statesman. In Shipman’s week.y
letters readers will find much of
general interest covering events ot
state importance that occur at the
Another feature that from new
subscriptions coming in must be
pleasing Star readers is the in
creased amount of community cor
respondence. Recent issues of The
Star carry items of interest from
practically every section of the
county with more correspondents
starting in .next week. Little by
little the added news features are
enabling The Star to “Cover Cleve
land Completely.’’
Chicken Thieves
Working At Night
In County Again
•>0 Chickens Stolen from Dargan Grigg
and 15 From Alonzo Hamrick.
Looks to be Gang.
Thieves, who several months ago
made many raids on Cleveland
county hen houses are at work
again according to reports coming
in from the county. Wednesday
night sometime, 50 chickens were
stolen from the chicken house of
Mr. Dargan Grigg, well known
farmer of the Beaver Dam section
and 15 fowls from the chicken
house Of Mr. Alonzo Hamrick, his
neighbor. The chickens taken
from Mr. Grigg were Rhode Island
Reds and those from Mr. Hamrick
were Wyandottes.
Twoj-ars formed the maraud
ing party, it is thought, and on
leaving headed towards Newhouse.
That it was the work of a chicken
gang was seen in the feathers
shaken out of the sacks. These
feathers were Plymouth Rock and
perhaps were shed bv chickens
stolen on some previous night.
At Mr. Hamrick's some corn was
poured out of a sack so that the
sack might be used in storing the
Both chicken houses are only a
short distance away from the resi
dences, but it is not known at
what time of night the thieves
carried out their work. Just how
so many chickens were sacked
without waking anyone up is not
known, but there is some conjec
ture along the chloroform idea
used in preceding raids, it beirg
thought by some that the chick
ens were doped in some manner
and tossed into sacks while in a
Officers are on the lookout in
neighboring towns watching for
the sale of the chickens and there
is some hope that the thieves may
be caught. However, future ma
rauders face a dangerous task as
the farmers are now on the watch
out and determined to protect
their flocks against the chicken
Highs In Gastonia
For Title Contest!
“Casey” Morris Takes Shelby Eleven
to Gastonia for Game This Aft
ernoon. Gastonia Favorite.
Coach “Casey” Morris and his lit
tle Shelby High eleven are in Gasto
nia this afternoon for Shelby’s Is* Con
tc.'t in the state elimination series.
The game is being played at Loray
park there and several Shelby fans
accompanied the eleven.
Every indication is that Pat Craw
ford’s experienced machine should de
feat the practically first year outfit
of Morris and only a big upset could
give Shelby a victory, according to
the “dope.” “However,” says a Gas
tonia dispatch, “no one seems to he;
overconfident as Shelby always puts
up a hard fight". Playing here last
Friday Gastonia tramped Shelby 21 to
0, and several of the local players who
performed then will be unable to play
this afternoon which should give Gas
tonia a still better advantage. Morris
with all of his experienced players
pone this year could not hope to fig
ure much in the championship race
and has been devoting his time to
building an eleven that should he
dangerous by another season should
all the present boys remain in school.
Npxt year *he present little eleven
will have “filled out” considerable and
with one season’s experience will make
a winning combination, it is believe#.
Several of the new boys on the squad,
young and small now, look to be fu
ture stars equal to any over turned
out by the school.
Play Clover Next.
It is practically certain, according
to Coach Morris, that the Highs will
play the Clover, S. C.. Highs here next
Friday afternoon. The Clover eleven
was ruled out of the South Carolina
race and as it peappears Shelby will
be eliminated the game skeins likely.
I Clover has a strong outfit and fans
predict a good game. Although the
Highs lose in the state race the inten
tion is to have them finish the season
and gain as much experience as pos
sible for the benefit of another year's
The ladies of LaFayette Street AT.
E. church. South, will serve oysters at
the church basement Saturday even
ing November 7th. Beginning at 5:30
n. m. The stewards of the church will
be served in a body at 7 p. m.. Rev.
A. S. Raper host. A Bazaar will be
held the same evening at the same
Place and same hours. The public cor
dially invited.
Ala«! the “natural state” idealists
gush about would mean unrestricted
whiskers. ._
General News of Interest In Week
At Rcleii;h As Seen By Shipman
Bankruptcies In State.
(By M. L, Shipman)
Raleigh, N. November 5.—An
unusually quiet week was* passed at
the Capital last week for th's time
of year. Usually the fall months find
business of all kinds picking up and
the governmental business picks up
in corresponding degree. Speculation
Continued r;fe over the report of the
Salary and Wage Commission. The
report is in but the employes are
wonderng i-" the commission is going
to cut the annual vacation from two
weeks to one week. The Commission
has indicated that it will do this un
ices the number of legal holidays
observed is cut to six. The Attorney
General has ruled that ti e Commis
■ion has no right to eliminate any
of the 12 days set aside by the Gen
eral Assembly as legal holidays.
The death Mrs. Martha Jenkins at
the Methodist Orphanage where for
24 years she was matron caused a
wave of sorrow to sweep over the
city in the last days of the week.
Mrs. Jenkins was called "Mother’’
by hundreds of those who passed
through the Orphanage in the past
24 years and was beloved by many.
She died after ten days illness with
The state taxes, exclusive of the
auto license taxes have passed the j
million dollar mark for any one
month. This record was set up bv the
Oatobcr taxes stated Commissioner |
Doughton and was the first time the !
stale has ever collected such an a
mount in one month.
The fight is ori for what the next
Legislature will consider. Speaker
Pharr of the house has come out in
opposition to an eight months! school
term so long as the present. school
equalisation fund law is in operation.
He believes it unfair to a number of
the counties and say:, it imposes an
unjust tax burden on some. On the
other hand Superintendent .of Public
Instruction Allen while admitting
the defects of the equalization law,
says that the eight months school
term should be approved by the legis- j
lature and an amendent to the con
stitution submitted to the people.
The matter is destined to come up be
fore the 1927 general assembly.
Considerable interest is displayed
locally in the forthcoming trial of
two negroes at Asheville charged
wfth attacks on white women. At
the same time 44 members of a mob
which stormed the Buncombe county
jail also will go on trial for this of
fense. They were after one of the
negroes. Governor McLean has order
ed troop.; to be ready at Asheville at
the trial in case anything takes place.
Feeling in Asheville, where there
have been four attacks on white wo
men by negroes in recent weeks is
reported at high tension and Mr. Mc
Lean does not want to have any mob
violence. lie believes presence of
troops will prevent any.
Governor McLean spoke at Dur
ham last week before the State Fed
eration of Women’s Clubs Council
and lauded the part of women an |
public life. He also reviewed for the
women the things which he has ac
complished, or set out to accomplish,
in his administration. He was favor- i
ably received by the ladies and made
an excellent impression. He also ad
dressed thp Durham Kiwanians and
lauded James B. Duke and the great
opportunity he had given Durham by
establishing the Duke Foundation
and giving so much money for Duke
University and for a modern hospital
and medical school. He predicted a
great service to the State .because of
Duke’s benefactions.
Farmers are advised by Commis
sioner of Agriculture Graham to bor
row from the Federal Reserve Bank
through the savings and loan asso
ciations organized under the state
law. Mr. Graham fears that many
farmers will be unable to get
through the winter because of
drought losses and makes this sug
gestion whereby groups of farmers
may obtain co-operative credit by or
ganizing together for the common
The year 1925 is a bad one for
North Carolina business, there have
been 159 bankruptcies up to Octo
ber which is 23 more than the en
tire year 1924. Attorney General
Brunnnitt represented the state in
the action at Charlotte to prevent
the Southern from getting control of
the Atlantic and Yadkin Railwuy.
Judge Webb reserved decision until
this week. Heart disease is the lead
ing cause of death in the State, with
pneumonia second. The first took 3,
6<)1 lives in 1924 while pneumonia
(Continued on page six.)
Pride of Scotch Mountains
black-faced Scotch mountain sh<-irUr. • rants were kings f • a day at
the Yorkshire Agriculture Society's "Mir annual snow at Bradford. An
entire day was given over to judging tl',3 rains.
Mans?I Found Guilty of Criminal At
tack. Preston Neeley. Another
Attack Negro, on Trial.
Asheville, Nov. 5.—Alvin Mansel,
17-year-old negro youth, was found
guilty of a charge of criminal attack
on a white woman by a jury in Su
perior court here this morning, and
was sentenced by Judge A M. Stack
'.o be electrocuted at the State prison
ir Raleigh on January 13, I92C.
“I hope to meet you all ;n Heaven,’
said the negro when asked by the court
if he had anything to say before sen
tence was pronounced. “If the ury
have said I am guilty. I have no more
tc say."
The verdict was read in open court
at 9:40 o'clock this morning. The case
was given the jury at 8:20 o’clock
last night. Upon completing his
charge to the jury, Judge Stack sain
he did not want to receive a verdict
before morning as he deemed it more
expeditious not to take the verdict at
The local guard troop was reinforc
ed in court today by a detachment
from Company B, 105th engineers of
Morganton. There are now over 80
guardsmen on duty.
Mansel was accused of criminal at
tack on the woman, a flower peddler,
on Sunset Mountain, on September 19.
An attempted alibi was the basis of
Motion for new trial was overruled
by Judge Stack and notice of appeal
to the Supreme court was given.
Preston Neely, second negro to be
arrested for alleged criminal attack on
a white woman, went on trial’ this
Mansel was the object of a mob
attack on the county jail on the night
cf September 19 when a crowd forced
entrance to the gates and building
teeking the negro, who had been spir
ited away an hour previously. He was
held in jail at Charlotte preceding the
trial and state guard troops have
formed a body guard during the court
Preston Neely, another negro who
is charged with an offense similar to
that for which Mansel was this morn
ing convicted was placed on trial to
The prosecuting witness, a marrb tl
woman of West Asheville, had com
pleted her evidence when court ad
journed for the afternoon. She posi
tively identified Neely as the negro
who assaulted her in West Asheville
three weeks ago and told of how she
herself had caused his arrest when a
few days after the attack she saw him
in a five and ten cents store and point
ed him out to a police officer.
Bessemer City
Woman Killed
By Fast Train
Mrs. Dave Watts, aged Bessemer
City woman, was instantly killed ear
ly Thursday in that ?>lace while
crossing the Southern Railway tracks.
She was hit bv northbound passenger
train No. 36, her head being crushed.
It is understood that the woman was
not all the way on the (racks, her
both esc‘ping haini, __
Old Indian Peace
Pipe Is Found
A relic of early America was
found in the county this week
an Indian peace pipe, known to
pn ent Americans through the
history of the warring Indian
t. ibes of by-gone centuries. The
big stone pipe, a valuable relic
front point of interest, was found
on a creek bank in this county, it
is understood, by Morris Ham
The broken bowl of the pipe all
that remains is shaped out of
hardened soapstone and resem
bles one of the clay pipes of our
grandfather's time. When a treaty
was made between warring Indian
tribes the chiefs of the tribes took
puffs off the pipe as a solemn pact
that they would go no more upon
the warpath against ea<*h other.
Just how the relic came to he
washed up or dug up has not
been learned, but the major por
tion of the pipe bowl is intact
and in good s&ape and it being
possible to “draw” through it.
Apod and Respected Citizen of Lat
timore Community Dios at Age
of 78. Burial Today.
Mr. Benjamin Franklin Gold, one of
the most respected citizens of No. 7
township, passed away Wednesday
evening at 5 o’clock following a pro
tracted illness with high blood pres
sure and paralysis. For two years he
was in declining health and confined
t > hi bed for the past two weeks in
t. critical condition with the end ex
pected any day. Mrs. Gold who before
her marriage was Miss Cynthia Pan
r>el has been seriously ill and for a
few days the condition of both was
such it was not known which would
die first. Mrs. Gold cannot hold out
much longer.
Mr. Gold was an honest, energetic
and thrifty citizen, holding the high
est esteem of all his neighbors. His
death is the first in his family al
though he is the father of ten chil
dren the oldest of whom is 58, the
>oungest 33. All his life he lived at
the home place two miles northwest
of Lattimore.
The funeral will be conducted at 2
o'clock this afternoon by Rev. D. G.
Washburn and the interment will take
place at Double Springs Baptist
Surviving besides his wife are the
following children al} of whom were
present at the funeral: Mrs. J. R.
Crawley, of Lattimore: Mrs. .1. C.
Bridges of R-2, Shelby: Rev. W. \I.
Gold, of Ellenboro: R. C. Gpld of R-l,
Kings Mountain; Mrs. W. E. Coving
ton. of Lakeview this state; Mrs. Hart
•lustice, of Lattimore; T. P. Gold, of
l Dunellen, Fla.: L. V. Gold, of West
i Palm Beach, Fla.: Mrs. S. C. Cooper,
of Hamlet, and Miss Ida Gold who
lives at home.
Methodist Protestant Church.
Sunday school only will he held next
Sunday, beginning: at 10 o’clock. Tha
newly elected superintendent, Mr. S.
I Clyde Tate, "ill ptemde. Nro pieuihlntr
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Court Order
To Clean Up
Convict Camp
Grand Jury After Recommendation to
Judge Will With Solicitor's Aid
Make General Investigation.
The grand jury of the present
term of Superior court, which was
excused by the judge after the re
port to the court, will be called
back one day next week for a full
investigation of the No. 6 town
ship convict camp, according to
an order by the court just be
fore noon today.
The outstanding item of the grand
jury’s report to Judge Shaw was the
recommendation of a general clean
up at the convict camp. The grand
jury, according td the report, found
by general information that whiskey
and lewd women are permitted at the
camp. With this information the grand
jury in one terse sentence recommend*
ed the clean-up.
In reviewing the report this morn
ing Judge Shaw referred the matter
to Solicitor Huffman with the state
ment that something should be done
about the investigation. Solicitor Huff
man stated that he would look into
the matter and it was decided that the
grand jury be brought back to look
further in the reports spoken of. An
order was left by the court to have
the grand jury brought back on the
day next week selected by the solici
tor for the investigation and until that
time Mr. Huffman will go over the
Just wfcat mfornration the grand
jury had about the convict camp is not
known, but the result of the investiga
tion is awaited with much interest by
those who heard the court order.
Jail Conditions Good.
The report other than the portion
touching on the gang camp was com
plimentary to county charges and af
tairs. The jail was found to be in
practically ideal condition and the
court house in good condition as was
the county home and farm. It was re
commended that the keeper of the
home be allowed another helper to
assist in work there.
Gang Kitchen Insanitary.
The committee of seven that visited
the gang camp found that the kitchen
was not sanitary and recommended
more room in the kitchen department,
it also being recommended that cantp
quarters be made more comfortable
and the bedding be washed more often.
The full report of the grand jury as
signed by Mr. J. A. McBrayer, fore
man, follows:
To His Honor, Judge Shaw,
We the grand jury for Novem
ber term of court 1925 beg to sub
mit the following report, to-wit: ’
We visited the jail and 'find it
in good sanitary condition, and
the prisoners reported conditions
We as a committee have visit
ed the county home and find the
buildings sanitary, grounds and
farm in good conditon. We find
the inmates both white and col
ored well cared for. We recom
mend that the keeper be allowed
one more helper to assist in doing
work at the place. The crops on ’
the farm are practically gather- ’
ed. The stock and the cattle in
good condition. Good supply of 1
feed in tbe barn.
‘We visited the convict eamp in
a committee of seven and find the
kitchen not sanitary. Building
two small.
We recommend more room In
the kitchen department.
We recommend that the camp
quarters be made more comfor
table and the bedding be washed
more often. Find the barn needs
repair. ? j
We find by general reports
that whiskey and lewd women are
permitted there.
We recommend a general clean
up. J
Ellis Will Case
Is Compromised.
A compromise judgment was reach
ed this week in the Mrs. Ellen Fitz
gerald Ellis will by which the contest
ants of the will and Dr. R. C. Ellis
will divide half and half a 45-acre
tract of land on the edge of the town
of WaynesvTlle, Mrs. Ellis’ old home.
When Mr. Ellis died she left a will,
leaving this estate to her husband.
Witnesses to the will who were rela
tives of Mrs. Ellis claimed that she
was forced to sign the same and there
fore tried to break it. The will was
made 37 years ago and no contest was
started until last year. Local witness
es identified the hand writing of Mrs.
Ellis, the entire will having been writ
ten by her, but in order to avoid fur
ther litigation Dr. Ellis allowed the
contestants to take half of the prop
erty in controversy. ___J

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