SHELBY’S BUILDING PROGRAM IN 1925 TOT ALLED THREE MILLION DOLLARS—1926 WH AT? MAKE A CITIZEN OF EVERY VISITOR. RELIABLE HOME PAPER Of Shelby And The State’s Fertile Farming Section, Modern Job Department, Hie lebelanii SHELBY’S POPULATION 1925 Census_8,854 Where Industry Joins With Ciimate In A Call For You, . VOL. XXXJV, No. 3 “Covers Cleveland Completely.” SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1926. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. ? By mail, per yea? (in advance) $2.50 _ - ___'_t by carrier, per year (in advance) $.'1.00 HIT ASKS UIIIS Will be Opened on April 22nd l or Modern Water Station on Hendrick Farm. Bids will be received up to 8 p. April 22nd on the modern pump > .id water station to be erected on the, ■.ridriek farm west of,, .Shelby, for! it the town issued i?200,00(> in ; bonds last fall. Plans have final,y| , ■ i completed after months of work j i delay because of inability to get ; iic. iruble site at a reasonable price.j . w that the site has been secured,; , engineers J. B, McCrary company j Atlanta, Ga., have completed pl.'.i s ! yd bids are being asked from contra*- j :.r», the principal items being one' '.diary pump station, one two ni'l.l •i gallon filter, one six million gal-j raw water storage, one two him-1 > ed thousand gallon dear-water! lag*-, one thirty thousand gallon 1 ash water tank, one 1*00 gallon per! ■ • te gasoline engine driven service : ur p. one seven hundred arid C'fty! i Ion per minute electr ic motor j dveij pump, two seven hundred and y gallon per minute electric mo- i ,r driven raw water pumps, 1.1501 i . t (, ftwelve inch cast iron pipe 8-100 i ii of 16 inch cast iron pipe, nine j he hydrants, two 12 inch valves, six j ’> inch valves, ten. tons of special] cc oo gs, etc. ’(.he present pump station will of course have to be kept in operator!', until the new plant is completed. The: < til station will be abandoned, but ‘he. i ; line,; which bring the water rti the present station will be taVn ! it!) ami put to some use after the new -'.avion i- in operation. Advertise-: wonts are being put in The Star, the i Charlotte Observer and the Manut’ac-1 t rers Record in the hope to get hut-uv j l id lt-rs and the lowest possible price., quality and workmanship considered, i \ etc run of Civil War Leaves 105 Descendants. Was 80 Years Of Age. Buried Sunday. dr. \Ym. Bumgardner, one of the] ■ : respected citizens of No. 11 town | -hip died Saturday morning at ■ t !■ ck at his home at Casar where he id been ill with heart trouble. Mr. B , gardner leaves perhaps, tliu largest number of descendants of .nv 1 '.on that has died recently in- the e ;ty. With 11 children. 80 grand ( l iter and 67 great grandchildren, the. total number of descendants reach 165. Mr. Bumgardner was a man of . h standing in his community and funeral Sunday was largely at ’ ' <ic <1 by friends and relatives in iKih and adjoining counties. He was Sit. vears, four months and ten days! old.' He joined Captain Mull’s company " : h the 17-yCar-old hoys and serv ed . r two years in the Civil war. Six'; vi'srs ago he was married to Miss A'.-an Newton, a sister of the late J. A Newton who whs the father of ■i. * Newton, superintendent o) ■ int.v schools. She survives with the following children: Mrs. Joe Gi fford of Hollis; Mrs. S. A. Navy t Shelhv: Mrs. M. C Newton ..f • litrryville; John Bumgardner of ton; Ben Bumgardner of Belmont: ■Mi Andy Proctor of Lawndale; Mrs 1 Peter Hoyle of R-6, Shelby; Mrs. J Conner of R-6, Shelby; Mrs. F.d] Pafnscy of Cherryville; Mrs. C. A. 1' ortnian of Casar and Mrs. J. O. L' :>.-t of Shelby. Mr. Bumgardner was a member oi ;h: Bapfist church for 62 years. lie v • buried at Casar Sunday, the f» ral services being conducted -by Rev. Cold. Grandsons served a« pall Is rers; grand-daughters as flower h* rers. A great crowd of people at tended the services, many preset 1 '"m Shelby and adjoining couwies Cleveland. v^cunfv Chamo Games Start This Friday I'' '(lay the high schools of Cnve ■t'"1 county will begin their annual ball series for the championship " the county, it is announced by Mr,; h V Irvin, Kings Mountain school '"lei'intendent. '‘radically all of the first games j understood, will be played in s ' Iby, The first game, on this I*'ri- j '’/■> will be in Shelby between Kings Mountain and Lattimore, The next w b he here Tuesday. April fi, be-j :v,ei) Piedmont and Kings Mountain,j 1,1 Kings Mountain and Boiling borings will play here Friday, April J 1'he games between Shelby and K:l’gs Mountain will be arranged lat or ■ ' '•; ' :• ' he winner of the county title gets the Muii Basei)all cup, annual tok °f the champion Jut t Photo Of Charlie Ross Here For J. F. Gafiney’s Inspection The positive identification of .Jul ius <’. Dellinger, acred Denver, Lin coln county carpenter, as the kidnap ped millionaire boy of the seventies, Charlie litis , depends now on a miss ms thread. Saturday J. F. Gaffney, aged Shel by resident, who remerrib ts DeHing er a a ch i ! who appeared nr.d disappeared mysteriously in Gaf fney alter the Ross kidnapping, ex amined a photo i f Ross made just before he was kidnapped and scur ried '-.s' memory back over the years to s ;• f there was anv likeness be tween' the hule “Coley”. M.diale, now khowtr as Delling u\ and the kidnapped hoy. The photo was sent hen from Nashville and is a perfect likeness, 61(11 r folks say. of Roc;. "T 'is picture resembles Del’inner, or Mi Hah-, when he was a little hoy living over my father's drug store in Gaf icv—.and it resembles him st.ro gty;” Mr. Gaffney added after the inspection. “However, that’s no more than I have known for 50 years. When the McHale’s brought the bey to Gaffney in ’73 he so much resembled the posters anil circulars carrying the photo of Charlie Ross that my father and myself planned to carry him to I’hiladelph.a for identificat'on. Then MeHale spirited him away. “Naturally, after 50 years, it is hard for me to recall exact features and appearances of the youngster I knew so well a half century ago, but by what recollections I have of the ] buy lie very much resembled this! photo. lie had long, curly hair and a rounded an attractive face,” Mr. Gaffney added. The thread yet missing—-the one that w ll decide and make Dellinger Charlie Ross, or forever leave him wondering as to his parentage—is •nought to be a photo in the poses sipn of Mr. Gaffney’s sister, Mrs. Iren Gibson, of Cuthbert. Ga. Mr. Gaffney says that while the Me Hales lived in Gaffney that he and his sisters were very.fond of the attrac tive little boy, who evidently saw life hard with the mysterious man and woman, and that a short time after their arrival there a photo was made of the boy As it was made only a short time after his abduction it should, if he is Charlie Ross, closely resemble the m.ssing boy advertised on the posters. Wires were forward ed to Mrs. Gibson asking if she could possibly locate the old photo and send it here for comparison with the Ross photograph. The revelation brought by the comparison would undoubtedly decide the matter defin-: itely. And that’s the chance Dell.ngor has of establishing his identity. A photo of a child friend will likely re main among family possessions for 50 years intact, Mrs. Gibson in a letter to Dellinger says she remem bers the photo and is making a search for it. Dellinger, who has a remarkable memory and can without consulting data recall hundreds of addresses and dates, says he remembers clear ly the taking of the photo. He de scribes the clothes he wore and tells how he had his leg crossed and how large his big toe, being barefooted, locked. sticking out from under his 1 .-wwv Locally, it is thought, that a photo of Walter Russ, brother of Charlie in Philadelphia, might show some re semblance between him and Delling er. In the photo Charlie Ross appar ently lias light, flaxen curls. Mr. Gaffrcy recalls that the McHale child had long curly hair, but he cannot lie positive by bis memory „ver a stretch of 50 years to say de finitely if the boy had dark or light hair. Newspapermen here who have in* tef viewed Dellinger feel that there is something about the boyish face of Ross that still can he seen on the face of the ageing Lincoln county carpenter. That feeling may be brought about s u b-c o nsciousl y through the connection of the story. It'- apparent from looking at the nhoto arid the man that they could lie the one and the same, but so far ;:i the stretch between the ages that it is not- enough apparent to defin itely say thev are the same. Tomor row several photos will be compared with Dellinger himself. Meantime, the arrival of the old tintype from Georgia is awaited. If ’lt ncvi r comes Dellinger's query of 40 years "Who am I?—may continue! to ring in Ids ears. Other develop ments that will check up on the simi larity of the stories may come up however as from queries coming to Shelbv thousands have again become interested in the Ross mystery and the likelihood of its clearance. A photo of Charlie Ross from lus original photograph was brought to The Star office Saturday by Mac Cuokv ot basuiut The boy who lias been lost 50 years. MASS MEETING EOR CHAMBER COMMERCE With Only a Little Over $6,000 Sub scribed Future of Organization To He Decided. This week will decide definitely, it is said, as to the Hkelihoov o' a chamber of commerce for Shelby. The decision is expected to be made following a mass meeting to be held thi: week. Announcement was made Saturday by J. D. Lineberger president of (lie Kiwanis club, that 6,160 had been sub scribed so far for the support of the booster organization. This total is the result of a three-day campaign by sereval prominent business men who feel the need of such an organization advancing the interests of the city. However, the general response to the drive, which was staged by men who gave their time freely, was not all i! at was expected. At the mass meeting to which all subscribers are urged to attend along with others interested in the future of the town a decision will be made as to whether further campaigning will be necessary, ot the matter dropped. Some 160 people, it is announced, have so far subscribed in the drive. Shelby Highs Lose Game to Gaffney Playing here Friday afternoon the Shelby Highs dropped an unusually p< od high school game to <he Gaffney Highs 1 and 0. The brand of baseball c shouted was above the usual run of high school performance, especially ft r ro early in the season. “Dutch'’ Whisnant, twirling ft r Shelby, and the Gaffney hurler is re ality deserved shutouts, however, poor base-running anti nonchalant sup port at times by his teammates pre vented Whisnant from registering a victory. Gaffney presented a well-bal anced team and performer welt behind their steady working p"rtsider. The fielding of Harris and hitting and fielding of Cline Owens Lee wore features of the game along with the work of the two mounds men. The local Highs already appear to a considerably better advantage than in their opening game ai d are grad ually taking on a better offensive with the experience of several game . Fans are still definite in saying th s years team looks better at the - sea son’s outset than did last year’s state champions. In the hitting department and on the liases they sdem slightly fuddled at times this being accounted for through their lack of experience. Shelby Boys On Carolina Outfit It is of local interest t > note that several Shelby boys are considered pood prospects for the Carolina fresh man baseball team. Dispatches from Chapel Hill are to the effect that Fred Beam, former all-around Shel bv High star, seems to be the cream of the candidates for Coach Lowe’s freshman team. Steve Ftirelies, Shelby football sfar, is making a bid for the first base position against Foard of Charlotte. Max Dixon is a likelv candidate for the second base berth. Referring to Beam the dispatch says: ‘“Beam, form er all-state catcher from Shelby High, looks like the class of the re ceivers.’ At North Carolina State. George Didmon, another Shelby High per former, is being given a try-out and from pre-seimon dope appears to have landed. LOCAL G. 0. P. HOLDS 1 HARMONIOUS MEET I.r. dorse Branham's Work \s State < hairman. Allegiance Reaffirmed to Principles of Party ( leveland County Republicans, a hundred or more strong, hold :i county convention at the Court House ! in Shelby Saturday, re-elected a cl.- '•mar, chu.se delegates u> the state | in motion to be held ai Durham in | Ap'd. and adopted reaolutions of on I dorsentent of the Republican admit) ' istration. it was an harmonious gathering. ! M. Clay Cox, former chairman, was 're-elected and presided. The following were chosen delegates j t > the state convention, which meets i ihe eighth of April at Durham: .1. H. Quinn, F. B. Hamrick, IF : ’.ry Co\. S. S. Weir, P ,P. Richards, ,1. K. McLaughlin. C. A. Brittian, A. It McNeely and George W. DePries' The same delegation will repre sent the local Republicans at the con gressional senatorial and judicial con vent ions. ri he following resolutions we. e uenimously endorsed by the conven tion : Be it resolved by the Republicans of Cleveland county. Nor'h Carolina in county convention duly (ailed and h.i-lo in the town of Shelby, on this the 27th, day of March, 1026, as fol low &: .1 That we re-afTirm our allegi ance to the time-honored and construe - i tive principles of the great Republican I :«rty which have made the United States the most prosperous and most progressive country on the globe to dnv 2. That we most heartily indorse •he administration of our great and hccved president, Calvin Cooledge, wi o has the universal confidence of the American people as no other President ever had it. The rich and the poor, the humble and the hor.or 1 eh. the man at the plow ar.d the man at the bar—ad are his friends and he is theirs. We now and here place ! him in nomination to succeed himself (Continued on page five.) Ex-Service Men to Meet On Wednesday State Commander Stevens Will be Speaker at Big Meeting in Court Wednesday night of this week is i planned as a big event with the1 ex ! service men and World War veterans in Cleveland county. The main events of the evening be ing an address by Henry L. Stevens, State Legion commander of War saw, and a smoker, or banquet that v.ill follow at the Legion club rooms I in the First National building. According to J. Horace Grigg, | commander of the local Legion post, j invitations have been sent to ex-ser j vice men at Kings Mountain and I Grover together with a general in vitation all over the county and a ; big crowd of former doughboys and j gob- is expected during the evening | ar.d right. Although the local Legion 1 post is sponsoring the affair the in j citation is open to all ex-service men j whether or not members of the Legion. The program opens at 7:30 in the j evening at the court house and lion. O. Max Gardner will introduce Commander Stevens. Following the address the ex-service men will go to the club rooms where a general friendly get-together will follow. Kennedy Anounces For Legislature Mr. Horace Kennedy. well known vourg member of ihe Shelby bar, in todays Star announces his candidacy for the house of representatives from Cleveland subject to the will of Dem ocratic voters in the June primary. With Mr. Kennedys announcement the race for legislature is now be tween him and Judge B. T. Falls, unless other candidates announce in ihe coming weeks. Mr. Falls having announced his candidacy for re-elec tion some weeks ago. The latest candidate. one of the most promising younger lights of tho local bar, is the son of Mr. and Mrs J. H. Kennedy, of South Shelby and received his education in Shelby schools before entering on his law couise. After completing his course and receiving his license to practise law Mr. Kennedy was for a time as sociated with former Senator D. Z. Newton and is now on the legal staff of the well-known law firm of Ryburn and Hoev. One encouraging fact the new can idate sees in the race is that a mem ber of the legislature from this coun ty )has never been reelected for 20 vears. Clyde R. Iloey, when he was in legislature, was the last to serve two terms, t * r 50 Cents Increase Monthly In * Phone Rates May 1st Near Death i Miss lit-lle Dims, Rome, da., re cently escaped death iri the lighting l»ti*e<n the Druse tribesmen and the French near Damascus. She tvus cn route to Damascus when her train was stopped by a Druse attack. Many bullets passed through t the train wounding the passenger*.' , Ml) JURY GIVES EXCELLENT REPORT Adtires Fence Behind Jail. Compli ments Work Carried on Around Court House and Square. The formal report of the gland jury for the spring term of Superior court was highly complimentary to general conditions of county institu tions, speaking well of the handling of the jail, chain-gang and county home properties and inmates. One recommendation of interest was that of a high steel fence that thould be erected to inelose the rear of the handsome, new jail and pre vent outsiders from communicating with prisoners from that side. Everything at the county home and g-irg camp was reported to be sani tary and the 23 inmates of the coun ty home were reported to be well ear eil for. The county commissioners came in for a share of the praise in regard to | the present work of renovating anti improving the appearance of the his tory court square. The report in full follows: We, the grand jurors for the Maichi term (11*26) of Cleveland county Su perior court beg to submit the fol-! lowing report: We have examined all witnesses) coming before us, and investigated all! matters requiring cur attention that1 we know of. We visited and examined the county jail in a body and found building in excellent condition. We found inter ior sanitary and prisoners well prn -vi led for. We recommend that a high stttl fence be er a ted inclosing rear of ail to prevent outsiders communi cating with prisoners. C < mmittee visiting chain-gang re port living and sleeping quarters in good condition, prisoners well treat Hcd well fed. We recommend that mess hi II roof either be repaired or recov <'<d. Also that ni>s- hall avl k*t h en I t screened. Prisoners repoic trou ble in getting physician in case of s: ek ness. A committee visited the county hoi.-e and foiled Mr. ' ihaniss and his wife on the job. We found 15 white and eight colored 'innate.- who said thev were well provided for in every wav and received good tna'.ment f"om keeper. The buildings au in fairj condition and the grounds and yarns well preserved, and cattle, mules and hogs in fine condition. We wish'to congratulate the county commissioners on improvements be ing made on court house grounds. The court house is in fine condition, b >th inside and out. Child is Found Dead In Its Mother’s Bed Lilly May, two months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Mack White who live between Polkville and Lawndale was, found dead Ln its mother’s bed Mon day morning? about 3 o’clock. Accord ing to the father who was in Shelby, the child had been in good health ex cept it was fretful for a few days. Cense of the death is unknown. The child was found dead about 3 o’clock when the mother awoke. Friends of the White family sympathise with i them in their bereavement. Funeral I and interment will be at Oak drove Ta. .1 ^ fifty rents per monthincrease "iil be made in tlu' telephone rate charges by the Piedmont Teleph lie ami Telegraph company May 1st, if t1 e request of Mr. If. 1! Babingtbn, a a linger, is granted by the mayor and board and aldermen and approv ed by the State Corporation Commis *‘011. It i- understood t h a. when the common battery telephone vsteni was ins ill d here in TO IP th .■ rates were ti:. d at the present schedule to no obliged ur.td the number i f stations r< r.ehed 1 OOti. after which it war agreed that there should be an in-1 n. e e m fit v cents per month On the | n . ent ra es. Mr. B ibmgton w;< in Shelby las week and t ink the lual-j t-i up with the city official*, show -! it’tr l y affidavits t 'a! the number, of j t. i-phone sub crihn hud reached 101i* and that in uceordaiu» with the 1010 agreement, the telephone eom ai o.v Has i".iti",led to ill.’ increase - n rates. When City Attorney O. M. Mull was asked about the matter by a re presentative of The Star he stated that the proposed increase was in ae- ! ccrt lance with the agreement made) between the City Officials of that year and the Piedmont Telephone | company after a prolonged fight and that he sees no ground on which the town can protest the increase. Mr. Balington says the same agreement was made in Gaffney and the increase of fifty cents per month rental be comes effective there this spring, the number of subscribers having passed j the 1,000 mark. '1 he new rates will be as follows,) not only in the old corporate limits but in the new, where 'he patrons have been charged an increase based oil their distance front the central office. The new rates therefore, ap plying to all patrons in the mile and a half radius, means that patrons living within the new corporate limits' will not be charged the extra lino toll: Unlimited special line business sta tions $i per month. . Unlimited Duplex line business sta tions $.'1.50. Unlimited harmonic business sta tions $3 per month. Unlimited special line residence stations 12.50 per month. Unlimited Duplex line residence stations $2 per month. Unlimited harmonic line residence stations $1.75 per month. Four Divorces in Court Last Week «-—M Superior Court Adjourns After Short Hun on Civil Calendar on Friday The features, if there was sAich, on the civil calendar of Superior court last week was the granting of di-; vorces to four couples, who decided that single harness would hereafter j bring more joy to their lives. Divorces granted were as follows: W. V. Roberson from Ellit* Ruber-! son. ; Grace Mauney from R N Mauney. ,i. A. Lavender from Grace Laveti der. Shuford Mayhew from Lela Pow- ■ ell Mayhew. It is noted from the record that : three of the divorces were sought! by the husbands. Only one plaintiff i charged adultery while the others | were granted on lengt ohf reparation j and one being of minor age and with out parental consent. The session of court adjourned Saturday although some minor mat ters in connection wth the proceed ings may be taken up this week. Fol lowing the completion of the crim inal docket practically all of the week's term had been taken up and a goodly portion of the civil calen dar was continued through requests of both plaintiffs- and defendants. To Work 30 Days For Suit B. V. D’s. Shelby will be interested in knowing that the price of a commodity ha« moved up. “B. V'. Ps.”—excuse us, men’s underwear—now cost 30 days work. At least that’s what one suit is costing Karl Hamilton, colored. The story of the price advance is unrsuul, the price being set by Re corder Mull in county court after Soli citor Burrus had established a case. The underwear, property of a well known Boiling Springs citizen, was hanging on a clothes line there last week. Earl Hamilton, the colored fel low in question, passed by and was struck by the texture of the garment, ard the evidence had it that he took up with the garment. A starch was made for the missing clothing and tracks like unto Hamilton’s were frund near the clothes line. Officer then searched Hamilton’s home, but to no avail. Then they gave the negro the once-over and on his person was thr garment sought for. And so into court- came Hamilton . CEMHILIC FOR OUR COURT SQUARE l..ir(re Howitzer is Secured for Court Square Ornament by Captain I’cyton McSwain. A German howitzer, 150 millimeter Kut;. has been allotted to Shelby bv A-tutant General Metz oT North Car oldva through the effort of Cain. Ceylon McSwain of the local militU and will he sent here from a Nhnv •lersey city to he placed on the court square as an ornament. Captain Me Suain had been in cominunk atop vith General Metz at Raleigh for some time and ■■finally--got this larird K’.’n assigned to Shelby on conchtion' ti. it tlu* town would pay the trnns 1 •rtation charges on it from New' ■ler.ey. Captain McSwain went to Mayor Weathers and asked if the lev n would pay the transportation charges and the Mayo; guaranteed Gie' liiight out of his own pocket it" the aldermen do not concur with him :n P" sing the freight bill as a town warrant. Both are anxious to have it h» rc as a war relic mounted on the beautiful court square and Captain Me Swain has been able through his in Idm nee with the adjutant general’s of fice to secure one of the largest guns the war department has for distribu tion. No history has been- received on ho-.v and where the particular gun was captured from the German army, hut is supposed when the gun is ship ped that an interesting history will accompany it and be placed in a frame near the gun mount. The gun weigh* about 4.000 pounds and is said to be one of the largest assigned to Ncrth Carolina. Sheriff Logan and E. A. Wellmon An nounced. Making Three in Race. Others Are Talked. Two more candidates make their formal announcement for high sher iff of Cleveland county, E. A, Well mon and Hugh A. Logan who has held th° office for two terms after filling out the un-expired term of Sheriff Lackey, resigned. Ed Dixon, of Bel wood, entered the race last week. Lo ire n and Wellmon are both strong men with big personal following*. B<vt-h are loyal Democrats and popu • lar all over the county. While the race promises to be an interesting one, the candidates are all high-toned men who have served the party and -he public well. Whatever the results might be, the men who must Ire de fected are of such calibre that no malice or envy will be harbored. While a hotly contested fight is as sured, the race will be free from bii> terness and personal attacks. Sheriff Logan has seen war serr ice. filled the office well and seeks re-election on hi.s record, while Mr. Wellmon is a loyal party worker who has been active in the past, but al ways for his friends. Now he asks for himself and leaves the matter with the voters, f. R. Doggett and Tom W. Lattf niure have also been urged by friends to make the race, hut Mr. Lattimore positively declines all requests, while Mr. Doggett is considering the mt'.t ter. It was stated in Mr. Dixon’s notice of candidacy that he was the son of ( apt. Ed Dixon, This is a mistake. He it the son of the late Henry Dixon who lived for many years at the old Dixon mill site on second Broaa river. Real Estate Keeps Moving in Shelby With numerous sales reported ir» the suburban sections during the past week trading in the uptown sections continued. 1 he latest business property sale reported is that of the remaining brick store building in the Beam Au tomotive block. The building was pur chased by Mr. Felix O. Gee from Earl D. McLean. The sale was handled by the W. G, Harris realty firm. Thieves Break in Lackey Garage Here Sometime Sunday night thieves en iered the Lackey garage, Puick head quarters for the Shelby territory, and made away with a quantity of acces sories, it is reported. Among the articles taken was a sit of balloon tires from a Ford co»m< and a horn and motormeter from * Hudson. Entrance was made through a fr^'i wtr.iow, it it snid.