IF IT’S NEWS, IT’S IN THE STAR
RELIABLE HOME PARER
Of Shelby And The State’s
Fertile Farming Section.
Modern Job Department,
VOL. XXXIV, No. 13
"Covers Cleveland Completely.”
Where Industry Joins With
Climate In A Call For You. .
SHELBY, N. C.WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10. 1920.Published Monday, Wednesday
and Friday Afternoons. '
By mail, per year (in advance) $2.50
By carrier, per year (in rtflvance) $3.00
Damages Asked of Shelby and Each
Official. Employe Alleges he Cut
Trees at Plaintiff’s Request.
A civil action for damages has bee:1
instituted against the town of Shelby.
Mayor Weathers, Aldermen J. !•'.
Scbcnck, Jr., T. W. Hamrick. J. P.
Toms and M. I> Hopper, also Loui
t ipscotnb arid Frank Soak-, Jr, both
employes of the city water and light
decartments, asking damages of .£2.
C"'0 against each of these defendants
for cutting down shade trees in front
of the property of Robert L. Mode,1
i air,ter who lives on S. Washington -
sireet. When the complaint was filed i
this week by Attorneys Peyton Me-,
Swain and Cleveland Gardner ?«,;•
Robert L. Mode, little uneasir.e- was :
created at the city hall in and out of
which these officials and employee s:
voi k. The complaint set forth several
.causes’ of action ar.d asks damages
for trespassing on Mode property
i'thI erecting “highpowered electric '
]i-if on unsightly poles to the amount
of S500 actual damage and £500 puni
tive damages. For c-uUing the trees i
front-df his property, Mode asks £2,
n actual damages and Sl.OOi) pr.ih
live damages against each of the re'
defendants mentioned in the ac
The cutting of several shade ’treis
h tween the sidewalks and curb - n
-S Washington street in front of Mr.
Mode’s property caused no little dis
cussion about ten days ago. Accor i
ii.g to city officials, the occupant of
the house north of the Mode house
v,Tilted electric current and the m-:,r
<■ t and most feasable route for eh.s
li t was across the rear of the Mode
lot. Poles were set to serve h.s
neighbor but Superintendent Toms <■
the water and light department -ays
>V wires were not “mghpoWcreo
1. it carried only 110 volts, the same
strength of electricity which enters
; .1 homes for lighting and cooking'
;,-kJ there is no danger whatever. The
town sought to string the line acres.-;
the Mode property ir. order to avoid.
; : higing a line in front of' the h<;e:
along the street where it would he.
necessary to trim the shad.- trees.
The town alleges that Mr. Mode once
agreed for the line to go to the rea"
i f his Tot but later changed his mind.
Then an effort was made to get his
consent to hang the wire high in the
air across one corner of his lot in
order to avoid trimming the trees.
M,*. Mode refused even to allow a
city electric wire to pass over his h e
: ;>d when told that it would necessi
tate trimming the shade trees along
the sidewalk if the town was forced
to pursue this course he told the
employees of the water and jigi’t
deuartnient to “cut the trees down.’’
Mayor Weathers instructed I. ;
comb and Spake to trim the -m ‘T
.-ees as lightly as possible if they
found no other solution of the pro
blem to get the wires to the neigh
bor’s house and the Mayor did n .
know the trees were cut down until
the afternoon after they had been cut
that morning. Lipscomb and Spa*1
who did cut the trees declare that
they did so solely at the direction m l
i ron the authority of ihe prop' rt\
Owner, Mr. Mode who files the
plaint asking for damages.
In the complaint Mode alleges i at
hi- owns the property to 'he curb <-i
street, but in answer to this thi
town alleges that it owns and con
trols the street and sidewalks an :
trees and had a right to cut the saw
if necessary. The trees that were t at
were between the street anil s‘d<‘
v.alk and on property generall;. io
garded as belonging to the town.
Third Novel Suit
The suit is a novel and interest!’’
ere that will no doubt come up a
the next term of the Superior Com t.
It makes the third novel suit 1- ■
damages instituted in the county
curing the past month, the other two
suits being one in which one neigh
bor asks another who turned fj''1
lose to pay for his missing chickens
: nd the other suit being that of i.<
O. Ft. Way in which he sues his con
gregation for unpaid salary while 1
whs serving as pastor of the Metho
dist Fh-ctestant church here.
Realty Trading Gets
Better Day By Dav
That the Florida land fever !
spread to Western Carolina, and •
I'eeially to Asheville, was the we'
I ’'oneht to Shelby Wednesday by 1
R, MrBrayer. who has been travel.:'
in that section. .
Mr. McBrayer said ther" is a kk-.. m
Vsheville real estate trading neyer
blown before. Most everybody is tan -
5n" and buying land, he said.
“One real estate dealer told n.e.
Mi. McBrayer asserted, “that it bis."
te's.- kept up at the pace it is po 1
be will have made money enough • >
I’t* end of the summer sea-on t
ar.d r^ii n
Former Shelby Pastor Asks
Court To Get His Salary
iii a ' now in the
* ' Attorney C. B. McBrayer
1 ,*'1 1 ' ' 1 1 i•'■ < 1 w.ih Court Clerk
' 1‘- V.' Rev. C. B. Wuy
! i -:,;i; . ■ ■ r >.f the Methodise
' ‘-ereh • ef Southwest
■ ark- that the court see
V1'1 ■ > P iu! SWlik.OS back salary
( ■ h;, t e eonv relation
1 -x ti. r with interest since. Nev
i ntt c;, ii)j5.
•'I., i.vtloh. names the trustees
'f ■ church, J. T. Ramsey,
A (Mc ti and A. R. Chapman.
■A. R;.; c; talking to The
t t-! v'-'t*-) a iy gave the congre
Ra!:c .1 viewpoint. *'I don’t shv
C a h Uidn't have it. and I
: 11 1 ■■ >'• > ally that he did
11 t'.ect runic few of its paid
our part and lVuire, but others
hinterest in the church, it
s ns. during Mr. Way's pastor
ate anddhi not pay their quota.
*" coin c. tk'rc of us who .har e
•' h• My raW more.than our quota
should ra t he forced to pay still
m. for the others.’' Other then
that -Mr. Ram ty had little to
' ay about the case. No one haa
fair r.anves taken off the roll cr
the church or left, J/,ut several, he
• 1 lo. • direct .interest in the
service:- ar.d did not keep up with
gcrchurch •expenses. Whether
c-r htt trustees of the church
ho t S' rod an attorney was
rot !.earne<k The case will come
op. it is though.*, at the March
term f ct i.M if a compromise is
rot < ffect there being soir.e
! Ik t-. that end.
Rev. Mr. Way in his complaint
.-ys that he tried to reach a
conpromise settlenunt without
! e . ri ing to legal methods,
I MU cured from the com
rlair.c infortns that the paster
row a resident of Lexington,
was i ily called and accepted the
call to the church. That the call
was for the year from November
1C, 1924, to November 1C, 1925
r.hd that he served for the pre
scribed period faithfully with
care and diligence, making pas
toral calls and discharging every
For the year set out, accord
ing to the complaint, he was to
receive a salary of $1,100 and
use of the parsonage. But so
tar, it adds, he has only receiv
ed $771.91 and that he has made
repeated demands for the re
mainder, which is to the amount
Of $1128.06 and has been refused,
in the further claim.
Forced to Outside Work
Owing to the lack of payment
nod lack of promntness in what
was paid Rev. Mr. Way adds
that ho was forced to seek out
* ide work in order to secure a
means of livelihood for himself
and his family. Although not
contained in the complain it is
said by Mr. Way the church re
fused to pay some of the remain
ing salary because the pastor
was employed on other work,
however the complaint stresses
the fact that through lack of
funds that such procedure was
necessary. Tlis outside work here
was in the newspaper, field and
he now is connected with a print
ing firm at Lexington, his forrn
In that he “served faithfully
for the entire year and carried
out his obligation" the plaintiff
believes that he is entitled to
the full amount and prays the
court that he recover judgment
for the remaining amount with in-,
ttrest since November 1C, 1925,
end that the costs of the action
be placed against the defend
State Spent $71,000,000 In
Baying Automobiles In 1925
X-■!••.!) Carolina spent 871,561,400 j
in buying automobiles during: 1925, i
which covered the purchase of 65.- (
595 new car,' valued at $54,116,700,
and 49,642 used Cars valued at $17,*
444.700, according to figures made
public bv Sprague Silver, of the auto
mobile license bureau of the depart
ment of revenue.
This br.ngs the total registration
of January 1 to 356,200 cars in the
state An additional 11,338 were regis
tered during the month oi January,
bringing the February 1 registration
to 367,598 which is an automobile to
every 6.8 persons or the two million
and a half residing in the state.
There were probably 5,000 cars
sold in December which were not
registered until January, hence these
figures represent the cars which were
actually registcred last year. Mr.
'Silver stated. It is the same with the
used car sales, the figures represent,
ism the triiu.-actions which were re
Guilford and Mecklenburg counties
lead the state with the greatest nuir
'0f cars, Mr. Silver stated, al
though he was not prepared to give
absolute figures on the various sec
t ons. Guilford county probably had a
slight edge on Mecklenburg, he sa.d,
while Forsvthe would fall third, and
Wake would rank about fourth in the
imher of cars per county,
jh- 851.116,700 expended on new
rs Iasi year amounts to S4.609.725
ncn ic d monthly, and on a hasis of ;
' busin.es days per month shows
ilv expenditure of $180,389, Fhe
mthlv expenditure of the $17,444,
0. on used cars was $1,453,725, and
dailv expenditure $58,149. Thej
;a! monthly value was $5,963,450,
id the daily value of $238,538.
Negro Fell Dead
On Construction Job
Onzif Davis. a negro, about forty
vcbi obi, fell 'load Wednesday morn
w), if working laying brick on a
" Jstruction job. in the west section
Onzie was a native of Shelby, and
wk well known to local folks. He
worked at 0(1(1 jobs; did farming ami
c\nU STARTS FALLING
HI'RK WEDNESDAY 1’. M.
<M,nv l.,gan to full in Shelby soon
..-V, i non WedneMaV followinK a
Idea tm ii to the cold from the balmy
w ...(her of recent days.
. • ... flakes fell intermittently
in t!„. day, but by two
i ><’k the fall was steady although
Hoover, by 2(30 in the ««.r
f,; 'th, . ow had ceased falling With
•IdUto':.. later » the day or
Boxing Matches On
For Friday Night
At Armory Here
Several Good Bouts Scheduled for
Old Armory Hall. Field and
Eller to Meet
Ring: Lardner’s favorite sport—
lotting—will make a second debut in:
Shelby Friday night at the old Ar-j
inorv in the Washburn building on j
I.ast week it was an old-time square
Janice, this week a boxing program
like unto war days, what next?
Those prom ting the squared cir-1
tie program say that they have ar-j
ranged several nice matches for local
fans. The main bout will bring to-!
aether Jackie Fields, 130 pound
Shelby boy, and Clyo Eller, of Me-,
Adenville. Fields has appeared uL
several important bouts in Charlotte;
chile Eller is coming with the inten
tion of adding the local fighter to his
The semi-finals will consist of aj
fast six round affair between Kid j
Edwards, of Charlotte, and Young
Firpo, an anonymous Shelby Fistic!
hare. In addition to these there
will be four fast preliminaries, accord
ing to the announcement.
It the bouts go over as nnticipiated
the promoters are considering a
weekly program for local fans. Law-,
rerce, of Gastonia will officiate as I
referee in all the bouts Friday night.!
Flames Gut House
In Belmont Section
Wednesday P. M.
A house on the extension of
South Washington street and
owned by the Belmont Cotton
Mills was gutted by flames about
2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.
The house, which was occupied
by Sallie Shytle, remained stand
ing after the fire, but the inter
ior and inner walls were badly
damaged, the cold, driving wind
giving it too much headway be
fore the firemen arrived.
The fire came as the result of
a small blaze kindled by a child,
said to be a grandchild of the
woman who occupies the house,
early reports had it. According
to the report the child struck a
match and touched it to some
thing inside the house and ran.
The report, however, could not be
verified prior to press time.
A portion of the furniture and
clothing in the house wa- <nve<L
BUS LAW TO HAVE
COURT Bt PETE
Carolina* to Join in 1’aciii.- Coast
Advertising Tour in June. State
I (Spatial to Star by M. L. Sh.pmanl
I Raleigh—.The failure of the Fish
| cries Products Company several
| years afro cost North and South
i Carolina Investors millions of dollars.
Governor Smith has granted extradi
tion from New York of Thomas H.
Hayes and Raymond Anderton, for
mer ofTeers of the company, so that
they may stand trial for fraud- The
two men-are fighting the extradition
and l ave appealed to New York’s
highest court from the Governor’s de
cision. The case will come up in th">
near future at Albany. X. Y.> and will
bo closely watched in North Caro
North and South Carolina will
combine in June for a snec'al train
which will go to the Pacific Comst
advert using the attractions of the
two states. Governor McLean is en
thusiastic over the project which had
its beginnng with Carroll P. Rogers,
president of the Hendersonville;
Chamber of Commerce.
The ch'ldrcn of the State are at
tending school more regularly the
Superintendent of Public Instruction
reports. School facts, a monthly pam
phlets which the Superintendent is
sue* contains interesting facts per
taining to education in North Caro
lina-each month. In 1025 there were
559„39<’> wh t» children nr>d 250.438
negroes enrolled in tho public schools.
j Meredith College. but recently re
moved to ;ts new home on th° west-.
[ ern outskirts of Raleigh, celebrated
i founders dav last Thur-dav with
j Rev. Clay Hudson of Charlotte as
the principal speaker.
The bus law probably will b? trtven
a Supreme Court test. Z. V. Petree
automobile operator of Thomasviile
has started a move having for its
purpose testing the law of the 1925
General Assembly under which
buses are operated under state con
Governor McLean has extended
clemency to 2©3 person since last
April a statement shows. The Exe
cutive dur.ng that time has received
1.275 applicat!ons for clemency.
Pendrng before the Executive for con
sideration now are 130 cases, ton of
which are applications to change the
electrocution penalty to life impri
sonment for a similar number of pri
The Governor has issued a pro
clamation asking for the people to
respond to a campaign beginning
February 15 to raise $200,000 in
North Carolina to aid the suffering
lewish people of Europe. A national
campaign is to be waged at the
same time for these folk who have
bet'n suffering acutely since the
Mack M. Jernigam here from Har
nett county recently, indicated to
press reporters that: he might throw
a monkey wrench into the political
machinery of that “berg” in tiie ap
proaching democratic primary for
county officers and a candidate for
representative in the “lower house"
of tiie General Assembly by offering
himself for legislative honors against
Representative Natt A. Townsend
whose name has been prominently
mentioned for the speakership. The
Harnett contest will be watched with
interest as Mr. Townsend has a wide
acquaintance over the State.
Pardon Commissioner Sink spent
most of the week investigating ap
plications for executive clemency and
addressing community organizations
in Asheville and vicinity. Among the
cases investigated was Alvin Manse!
negro, under sentence for an attack ;
upon a white woman and members
of a mob who forced their way into j
the Buncombe jail some months ago
15y appointment of Governor Mc
Lean, with the consent of Governor
Peav, of Tennessee, Adjutant Gener
al J. Van B. Metis has received a
commission as Brigadier General in
command of the Sixtieth Infantr'
Brigade composed of the 120th In
fantry Regiment of the Tennessee
Governor McLean to the new Gov
ernor Byrd of Virginia: “Upon the
occasion of your inauguration as
Governor of Virgina. please permit
me to express, on behalf of the peo
ple of North Carolina and myself
personally, very good wishes for a
constructive and successful adminis
tration.” The Tar Heel executive has
accepted an invitation to address the
next annual conference of Governors
soon to be held and will have for his
subject “The Best Methods of Fin
ancing Highway Construction.”
During the first seven months of
the present fiscal year more than
nine million dollars has been col
lected by the State in gasoline taxes.
fContinued on page three.;
He’s a Southpaw Fiddler
Fran It Houa, Yolo covr.ty, Calif., who claims to he the hen tiddler of 'ho
west, U a southpaw.
Bowman Given One Year
Sentence On Road Gang
Lcckhar t And Scotch
Lassies Are Coming
Here With Lyceum
Lockhart mid his Scotch Lassies
will be the attraction Thursday
night February 11th at the High
School auditorium, this number be
ing next to the lust of the Lyceum
course for the season.
And it is said to .be the liveliest
and best program of them alL
Thif, well known quartette are in*
terrpreters of the gest in Scottish mus
e, poetry and Comedy.
Resides being a native of Scotland
and one of the very beat of Scotch
entertainers, a friend of Sir Harry
Lauder, and co-interpreter with him
of the inimitable Scotch Songs and
stories, Mr. Lockhart is a concert
tenor of real ability, reputation, and
experience. He has sung With the
Henry W. Savage Grand Opera Com
pany. the Grab Savage Company, at
the Metropolitan Ne-.v York, and the
Hogarth Opera Company of London.
He also toured the world as a soloist
with the famous Kilties Band.
Mr. Lockhart is a i oniplete pro
gram in himself, in his Scotch and
Irish songs and ballads, his delicious
jokes, yarns quips and whimsicalities
that keep the audience conculsed with
laughter, but for greater variety he
is accompanied by three charming
young women who lend color and
volume to the program by the intro
duction of piano, violin and saxa
The program opens at eight o’clock.
To Open Saturday
The opening of the new Alexander
(jewelry store, in the Woolworth
Budding, will occur Saturday of
| this week Arrangements are now be
j ing made for the big event. Mr.
j Alexander asserts he will open to
tlie public one ol the most attractive
and complete jewelry shops to be
found in Carolina.
lie has recently returned fropi Cin
cinnati. where he laid in a complete
stock of jewelry and silverware. Re
turning to Shelby with him to aid
him in displaying the new line, was
Mr. John Rolf, of the Richter, Phil
Mr. Rolf is assisting in arrange
ments for the opening.
Also Mrs. J. S. MeKnight will as
sist with the arrangements.
The store will be thrown open to
the public at nine o’clock Saturday
morning. Souvenirs will be distri
Mr. Alexander has engaged L. C.
Davis for the watch repair depart
; ment. This expert is a graduate of a
|school of watch making at Peoria,
j 111. The proprietor himself is also an
! expert watch maker, having had
| something like fifteen years’ experi
1 cnee at the repair bench.
! While away recently on a buying
I expedition, Mr. Alexander visited a
number of watch factories, and man
ufacturers of jewelry and silverware
further to acquaint himself with the
details of the construction of these
lie took over die Morrison store in
January, previous to which time he
dad become well known in the tev jliy
Vu-mC'.' Hi SheP y.
Of much local interest is the
report received here yesterday
from Newton that Major Wade
bowman was sentenced by Judge
James L. Webb, of Shelby, f>
oiie year on the Buncombe county
n ods for the attack on a young
Hickory girl for which he was
convicted in court there last
A news dispatch from Newton
He filed notice of appeal and the
tohd was flved at $4,000.
The. sentence was pronounced by
Judge Webb,after it was withheld
for further consideration since Mon
day. The judge weighed the matter
long and had been troubled greatly
by it. Bowman admitted to certain in-1
df.s>ncies with the little 12-year-old
Tlie sentence of Wade Bowmui-,
former major in the North Carolina
Notional Gtutrd, to one year on the
chningang by Judge Webb brings to
mi end temporarily one of the out
standing criminal cases of recert
months in the State courts.
Major Bowman was indicted on a
charge of attacking a twelve-year
old Hickory girl in his unfinished
house and for three months, lan
guished in jail awaiting trial. A
Istrfhig battery of counsel was im
! ported for the trial by both the de
fense and the prosecution and wide
interest centered in Newton.
! .The State endeavored to place a
!capital crime on the Hickory raur.,
but he denied the attack, pleading
i guilty to certain indecencies with the
Little girl. After only about three
I qua! ters of an hour deliberation, the
j jury found him guilty late Satur
jday afternoon of attack on a female
! carrying with it maximum sentence of
i two years.
Judge Webb at first set Monday,
for rendering the sentence, but with
j held his decision until Tuesday to
I give more time to the various an ■
Weather Changes— •
Could Get Worse
If you don’t like this weather,
wait a minute.
That’? what they sav in Chi
cago; and it holds good in Shel
From the balmy days of spring,
with the little frogs croaking
on the ditch banks, through a
spell of rain, to a 'hill north,
wester to ice, and bleak show
laden skies, that was the local
record from Monday to' Tuesday
in this bailiwick.
D. R. MeBrayer and his broth
er, Yates, made the trip Tuesday
from Asheville to Shelby. The
former said it was snowing hard
when they left Asheville, and
they ran through a whitening
world all the way to Chimney
Asked if there was much show
on the mountains, Air. MeBrayer
said, there was not.
Snow threatened In Shelby
Wednesday, with the thermometer
at forty ami a chill wind : lev mo
our ot tjfcv' nor*." •
Court Will ho Presided Over by
Judge E. V. Webb and liegin
Here on March 14th.
Jurors for the next term of Federal
court which convenes in Shelby on
Monday March 15th were drawn
this week in Charlotte from the four
counties comprising' this ’district.
Judge E. Y. Webb will preside over
this court and anumber of important
cases make up the docket. The jurors
are as follows:
C. F. Hnmbright. W. M. Glertr, J.
L. Iford, V. A. Costner, (i. S. Dellin
ger. Charlie Carpenter, A. M. Ham
rick. L. F. McBrayer, J. L. Wellm< n,
S H Austell, J A McGravv, A A An
thony, H. F. Young, Roland Price, all
of Cleveland entity.
Will S. Torrence, D. S. Thornburg
■A A. Armstrong, J. C. Ballard, Otto
Dellinger, O. J. Rhyne. W. D. Rohin
ern. D. W. Mitchell, C’raig C. Kiser,
A. A. Farrar. W. M. Morris, L. D.
Clemmer, F. B. Carpenter, T C. Sum
mer, all of Gaston county.
J. C. Bynum, Thomas C. Ramsay,
li. F. Jonas, Buford Mundy, Doris
Bynum, A. C. Leatherman, M. B. Shi
day, C. D. Shrum, Charles Childers,
George Mitchell, C. E. Baisner, Shel
ton Duckworth, J, Allen King, all of
W. D. Flack, H. M. Rucker, C. S.
Spurlin, C. E. Tanner, Grady F.
Spiatt, Carl Womack, Monroe Mc
Donald, W. C. Devinney, W. D. Ed
wards, Edgar Flack, W. T. Davis, H,
Deck Wilson, S. L. Westbrook, of
Swiped A Boat, Not
An Auto And It
Cost Him 10 Bucks
Very frequently nowadays one
hears the report: “Some one stole my
brat.’ They mean automobile, but
town on the border of No 1 and No
:! townships, where the Broad river
flows Fred Berk took a boat, accord
ing to charges, and bothered not with
Beck recently moved to this county
from Georgia—sooner or later, y’know
—and near his place on the river, he
told Recorder Mull he found an old
boat, cleaned it out and moved it
over td fhis side. W. H. Jones, to
whom the boat belonged told it an
other way. Judge Mull heeded both
a tit and Monday fined Beck $10 and
the costs. So now it’s easily un
derstood that it was not an automo
bile; some of them are not worth that
Monday in recorder’s court was
what the poker-player prays for—
a “full house.” Court held forth dur
ing the major portion of the day and
dealt with the usual run of minor
offenders. No cases disposed of were
f general public importance;
Dawson In Shelby,
Going To Asheville
Democratic Chairman Stops Over
While En Route to Development
Buy in Western N. C.
John G. Dawson, of Kinston, chair
man of the Democratic executive com
mittee, stopped over in Shelby Wed
nesday morning for a short visit with
O. Max Gardner and other friends
bo far as could be discerned on the
'.ui face there was nothing of political
import in the visit. Politics has not
\ chance of lowering the temperature
fever, which this section has.
In fact, Mr. Dawson is far from
! aving chills along that line himself.
He with business associates was
ir. route at the time to Asheville to
mit the 800 acre site between Aahe
pille and Hendersonville, which’ was
purchased by a syndicate of which he
is a member last week. The announce
ment Sunday of the development told
of a proposed expenditure of one
million dollars there. Mr. Gardner ac
companied the party in the role of
tendering advice to the development
program as coming from the head of
Shelby’s newly organized Gardner
Land company. \
Mr. Gardner’s advice to his politi
cal and realty friends will add a
warning to not buy too much in the
mountains and hold some for pur
chases around Shelby, he informed
ENTERTAINMENT AT SOUTH
SHELBY FRIDAY EVENING
An entertainment will be given
Friday evening at 7:30 at the South
Shelby school auditorium to which
the public is cordially invited. A
number of pupils will take part from
all grades of the school.
Further announcement concerning
the program may he found on an in