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VOL. XXXIV, No. 71
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 1926.
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THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
Heavy Downfall Follows Prayer For Rain By 3,000 People at Revival Meeting In Shelby
DIG TENT REVIVAL
CLOSED M SHAY
Vast Congregation Prays for Rain at
Closing Service. More Than t-00
Converted During Time.
Around .3,000 people joined in a
prayer for rain Sunday night at ih
bi:: Wall revival tent and just at
noon today Shelby was visited hy a
heavy rainstorm that is estimated to
have been worth several hundred thou
sand dollars to the farmers of ( lev
eland county and business men in
During the service, which was the !
closing one of the meeting, there was
a special prayer for rain and rill
those in the large congregation beiiyv
ing in the power of prayer were asked ,
to join. At noon .today as Dr. Wall
was giving the data on the meeting
the rainstorm broke over Shelby
carrying moisture and refreshment
to the parched fields and thirsty earth
over the section. Other churches dur
ing the day featured a prayer f.-r
rein, and ministers of these, ehurcl'cs
and those who united at the tent rt
ival. today felt highly grateful ihr t
the prayer of several thousands joir
ed together for religious worship had
Was Great Meeting.
The revival just closed under ti e
direction of Dr. Zeno Wall and Rev.
Rush Padgett was considered one of
the most helpful and having a wider
scope than any ever held in the
county. Dr. Wall staled Monday morn
ing that it was the greatest revival
that he personally had ever assisted ;
in. The congregation Sunday night
numbered around 3,000 people and was
the largest of the series of meetings ,
Indications during the evening and ;
Monday were to the effect that the
re'dval would be made an annual af
The influence of the meeting has
proad to and touched practically ali
sections of the county it is already
evident . Various churches were in
vited in for special services and the
effort was made to bring the various
communities in contact with the serv
Great Results Shown.
There were between 100 and 150
conversions during the meeting, and
over 300 people reconsecrated thoni
• fives to Christ. The estimate was
1.000, or more, neople had asked f >r
prayer during the series of services,
and an estimated crowd of 36.000
pconle attended the services in all.
Dr, Wall with his son, Zeno jr.. left
Shi-lby Monday for Morehead City,
where he will rest for a week follow
ing his strenuous period of preach
jne regularly to the large crowds as
sembled at the tent to dinar his'ser
mons. As the result of his absence
there will be no mid-week prayer
service at the First Baptist church.
At the chonclusion of the big
tom revival evangelical meetings hn1. e
darted, or will start during the week,
at the Eastside. ■ Dover and other
churches of the vicinity.
Ma"i<>n Faker, Jr.,
Died Sunday Noon
Kittle Marion Gaston Eaker. jr.,
young son of Mr. and Mrs. M. G.
Eaker of the west section of this city,
died Sunday at 12:30 p. ni. at his home
The child barely two years old, was
taken sick suddenly' the day before,
and died exactly 24 hours later in con
vulsions, despite the heroic efforts to
save him. He was survived by h:s
father and mother and one sister, Jua
nita, six years old.
The interment was held this after
noon at three o’clock at Sunset ceme
tery, Rev. Mr. Helms, of the Metho
dist Protestant church, conducted the
services. Friends over the entire city
'•ill sympathize with the bereaved
family in their loss.
Syncopators To Play
At Cleveland Springs
The Tar Heel Syncopators, Shelby a
•'rack orchestra, will play, a regular
engagement at Cleveland Springs ho
u‘l this summer, begining today, it is
announced by the orchestra manage
The Syncopators, well known over
the entire seetion, will play dinner en
gagements and dances for the resort,
fhe orchestra is made up of some of
the best individual musicians in the
staLe and is expected to be a big at
traction at the hotel.
Indian Salvation Army Man Here
—NBA San Francisco Bureau
Lieut Col Yc.su Dasen chief secretary of thf Salvation Army in India.
'vas a Pacific coast visitor recently His headqua »ers is Trevancore The
picture shows him wearing his native turhan and jacket at the western
territorial conference of the Salvation Army at Franciaco
Powell Sees Hoey In Senate
Race In 1932- Others Also
Morrison.' Kirkpatrick.* Howie ar.d
Others l ikely To He In Contest
With Shelby Man.
I It. K. Powell in Charlotte News)
Washington.—“They say’’ that in
1932, if not earlier Governor Cameron
Morrison, former Congressman Clym,
R. Hoey, former Speaker of the
Hour*' Thomas Contce (Taint Bowie.
L. Kirkpatrick, of Charlotte, and
former candidat- Bob Reynolds will
all—and possibly more—be n the
race for the Democratic nomination
to the United- States Senate.
There has been a wealth of effec
tive gossip which pots Mr. Overman
out of the race in 1932, even if age
and political inclination do not do so.
For one thing, the junior Senator will
be pushing .80 ears close if he stays
the Senate until 1932. Buut what the
politicians seem to be counting on
more than Mr. Overman’s willing
ness to quit at a ripe old age is the
agreement which is credited to the
political ambition of Mr. Morrison. !
Even now, with the June 5 primary
still fresh in the minds of the folks
of the State, there is enough in ihe|
size of the vote given to Bob Rey
nolds to warrant a large amount of
speculation as to what chance he will
have In. the five, or six or seven-cor
nered contest next time. For months,
even for a few years, it has been gen
erally agreed among the wiser and
more influential politicians that the
real battle for the Overman sueees
sion would be bet ween Governor i
Morrson and (lyde lloey.
In most any group of people fair
ly well known to the State at large,
you can find strong Hoey supporters.
During the Reynold campaign .i was a
re punt thing to hear it sa’.d that
while a change at this time was prob
ably unwise, the speaker would come
1932, certainly go into the race up to
his neck for the Shelby orator. Mean
time Mr. Hoev has been renewing ac
quaintances with the folks and he has
pretty well covered the State. In a
Democratic campaign there are al
ways three requests for him to make
a speech as compared with one for
anv other favorite son. He puts some
thing on the ball in campaign years
that the other fellows can’t discover.
It proves effective. , , .
Mr Morrisons campaign, «u,u
happens to ho the only one definitely
announced, is not to he discounted.
Whether there ds one candidate or a
dozen against him, he or they will
have a real contest. The ex-govern
or is quite wealthy in staunch friends
ind there is every reason to suspect
now that he will become the champion
of one side in some big issue to be de
vohped in the next six years. The
,,sut. mav arrive with the meeting «♦
the next ‘General Assembly or it may
he deferred until the State decides to
do something about changing the
present taxation system. A tax sys
tem formed the large part of Mr.
Morrison’s campaign for.the guberna
torial nomination in l!»2l>; it may be
come the real issue in 1932—if not
In all serious deliberations concern
ing th*>- Senatorial toga, when Mr.
Overman shall conclude to lay it aside
account is taken first of the chances
of Messrs. Huey and Morrison. Many
relevant and irrevelant matters are
projected into a discussion of their
probable chances before the people.
In view of the recent primary, how
ever Bob Reynolds comes into the
nictu-o with enough strength to
puzzle ordinarily keen observers.
One reason why Reynolds comes
into the picture so strong is because
no one. apparently, is able to make
a satisfactory guess as to what Josiah ;
William Daily is going to do. Mr. :
Baily has about eliminated himself a
either ar candidate for the Democratic
nomination for Governor against Max
Gardner jpr as the leader of a sur
mised independent movement. He i
has not erased himself from a prom
inent, if no influential part, in any :
other political undertaking.
It is admitted generally that a !
Baily-Reynolds fusion would disturb j
the Old Guard, which confesses to an .
earnest hope that the battle for the j
Overman succession will remain con
fined between Messrs. Hoey and Mor- j
rison. Mr. Bailey was frequently j
counted a Reynolds supporter in the |
contest just closcd but when he
made an effort, if he did make one, ;
to do much about it he found himself 1
and his following lined up side by
side with the Ku Klux Klan. A com
panionship which the Raleigh man
puns JO JO
IH HIS PUCE
in i *
As this is being written—two
o’clock Saturday afternoon, as the
half holiday crowd is hotrir.n'hwr to
flock to town—it looks like it is go
ing to rain: In fact it look< as though
it has made up its mind defin
itely at last to rain.
But suppose it clouds over —gets
dark, looks threatening, thunders a
bit and even lightens some—end
then no water falls.
Don't be dismayed!
Train yourself to look at life from
this point of view—that nothing,
nothing, is ever quite as bad or quite
as good as it seems.
When it looks as though good for
tune were breaking for you—every
thing breaking right at last, and you
are to come into your own after tin
long and dark struggle—put the
breaks on your enthusiasm. A fly
is quite likely to appear in the oint
When hides ciouas no\:r bum
looks dark, and you feel the prim
clutch of ruin layinp cold and clam
my hands upon you—cheer up. Your
imaginat on is playinp you a trick.
Most clouds havea silver lininp.
Remember the past.
Two years ago here in this baili
wick we had a deluge; then a
drought; and as time approach
ed for the harvest of the cotton,
another deluge. And those of faint
heart said we were through; that
cotton was ruined, and the bitter end
was in sight.
But we made a good crop of cotton
and it brought big money.
Then remember last year.
The weather man did his very
worst. It got dry and dryer; the earth
parched and cracked and baked and
gave off iieat waves that shimmered
in the summer sun to give you the
Again the croakers said—
We are ruined. It is never going
to rain any more. Not only is the
cotton without a drink, but we are
(Continued on page four.)
Club Meet Here
Gasteniu, I.inculnton am! Others Will
Attend Luncheon Gathering at
Cleveland Sp'rings dune 25.
Tha proposed ga.hering at
Cleveland Springs on June 2 5 of
all the luncheon club in towns
and cities in this section is meet
ing with general approval and
seems to be a certainty.
Late reports from Gastonia
are to the effect that the inter
dub council there endorsed the
meeting and arrangements will
be made by each club to attenl.
The Lincointon 'Kiwanis club at
its meeting last night approved
the plan and announced the inten
tions of its members to attend.
Word from Rutherfordton and
Forest City is that members of
the clubs and civic bodies there
will attend provided the meeting
is held June 25, giving more time'
Nothing definite has been
heard from other towns invited,
hut clubs from several other
places are expected to attend.
In the meantime J. C. Newton,
secretary of the Shelby chamber
of commerce, rind Kiwanis offi
cials here are making plans for
the event. A survey mapped out
by Secretary Newton calls for a
meeting to cover the entire aft
ernoon, but to be of a recreational
nature —“making bws out of the
business men of the feetion.”. Dur
ing the afternoon the leading
business men and club members
of the several towns in the sec
tion will pilch horseshoes, golf,
swim ard otherwise entertain
themselves and mingle with repre
sentatives from other towns. Late
in the evening a big banquet sup
per will be held at ihe Cleveland
Springs hotel where * program
will be planned tending to advance
the general interests of the sec
tion covered by the towns repre
Outside clubs are being urged
to forward ideas and plans to
Mr. Newton here.
Will Flan for Half-Day Closing Dur
ing Summer Months. May Or
ganize Retail Merchants.
All the retail merchants of Shelby
will assemble Tuesday- night at 3
o’clock in ihe court house auditorium,
according to a notice issued by the
Shelby chamber of commerce.
The main purpose of the meeting
will be to plan for a half day elosing
of local stores and business houses
during the summer months.
For several years the merchants of
Shelby have been accustomed to clos
ing for ahalf-day, Thursday after
noon during the summer affording a
bit of recreation for employes of
stores and business houses, and since
the topic has been muchly discussed of
recent weeks the matter has been
taken over by the chamber of com
All the merchants present will be
asked for opinions and views on the
closing and the most suitable day of
the \veek will be selected.. _ -
Suffice to say, it may bo announc
ed now to employes that the half-day
vacation will he forthcoming. Indica
tions already evident at the chamber
of commerce assure that.
J. Clint Newton, commerce secre
tary, stated Monday that the matter
of organizing the retail merchants of
the eity will likely be taken up at the
meeting. If the organization is per.
ferted it will work as a department
of the chamber of commerce.
Tn addi+.’on to the half day closing
the meeting is expected to take up
the matter of closing earlier on Sat
urday nights, giving employes more
time, in which to prepare for the
Pension Checks For
Veterans Now Ready
The pension cheeks for Confed
erate veterans and their widows
are now ready for distribution it
the office of Clerk of Cour*:
Oeor$re P. Webb, it is announced.
The checks for the second half of
Veterans, or widows, must ap
ply at the office in person if
they are able to do so, and other
*\vise must semi responsible and
properly tredittd after the check-.
ACTUAL WORK AT CLEVELAND SPRINGS
A view showing canstri'ctior. work ul Cleveland Springs Estates.
Shelby’s Major Development.
Old Playmate Believes That
Dellinger Is Charlie Ross
Story Started In This Section Standi
l'p Under Scrutiny. Starrs
(Philadelphia Record Dispatch)
New York—While Walter L. Ross
kidnapped m 1874 with the famous
Charley Roes and then x'eleased, de
nied todtty the New York Stock Ex
change, of which he is a member, at
No. 41* Broad street, that the matt
J brought to New York by Mr. and Mi*.
Pierre C. Starr was the missing Char
| ley Ross, a previously unknown man
called upon the Starrs at the Hote}
Vanderbilt, where"they live, and gave
After talking for an hour with the
man brought Norfn by the Starrs a?
the missing Charley Ross, the centtai
figure of what haV been the Great
American Mystery for 52 years, Fred
erick R. Lewis, of No. 750 Monroe St ,
North Bergen, N. J., gaw the follow
ing affidavit to a notary:
“Today, June- 7, I saw a picture of
Charley koks as a baby and of a man
supposed to’he the same Charlie Ross
at the present time.
I recollect that as a boy I had often
| played at the old Ross home at No.
9 Washington lane, Germantown, near
Philadelphia, Pa., and had been one of
those who played with Charley Ross
very shortly before he was kidnaped
on July 1, 1874.
“I believe I am related on the mat
ernal side of the family, for as a boy I
used to call a lady there Aunt Sarah,
and I now presume this to have been
Charley Ross’ mother, who had been
Sarah A. Lewis before her marriage.
“My curiosity was aroused and I
thought it migh^ be of service in
proving or disproving the claimant's
identity. I came at once to the Hotei
Vanderbilt and introduced myself to
Mr. and Mrs. Pierre C. Starr. They
questioned me and, discerning mj
good intentions and open-mindedness,
brought into the room the man sup
posed to be Charley Ross.
“Of his own free will he repeated
Lo me all be could remember of his
early childhood, which checked up
with my more accurate memory of
Charley Ross and the Ross place, for
I believe I was 8 years old at the time
of the kidnaping, when Charley was 4.
“Naturally, my memory would be
clear and there were some things
which I remembered and he did not,
especially the names of the coachman,
“My corroboration of his childish
memories and the traits and appear
ance of him induced me strongly to be
lieve he is the lost Charley Ross.
“Without having any interest in the
case beyond that of helping a man to
find his place in the world, I now, ot
my own free will, affirm that the man
presented to me here today as the
supposed Charley Ross, is to the best
] of my belief the Charley Ross that I
| knew as a boy and played with moic i
i than 50 years ago.”
Mr. Lewis said in his ciitTdhood he
| lived in Locust street, I*iladelplda
I Although the Ross home was far off,
i he frequently went there visiting with
his mother and played with the child
ren in the big yard. He remembered
the span of white horses, the big
black dog from next door, the lay of
the land; the coachman Peter, and
innumerable childish details
Recount Dim Memories
They sat together while the mar.
who is searching for a name recount
ed his dim memories. Lewis did njt
talk, listening to Ross. The latter
told of the i laymates he remembered,
I two girls end a boy. I.ewis cherktq
I this. In fact, everything Ross .«!«
scribed, in a somewhat hazy way, re
I calling it from the remote years. Mr.
■ Lewis checked with his own remem
There was one pause when Ross said
i that at the bottom of the sloping yard
! was a “branch.” But it was a verbal
• disagreement, and soon righted, for
Lewis callul it a "crick" and each was
referring to a small brook.
Walter L. Ross, interviewed by a re
presentative of The Record at the
Stock Exchange, said the man’s claims
were preposterous and that he would
not investigate them. He said the
disappearance of his brother more
than half a century ago was a tender
matter in the family and’he would not
reopen the wound. He declared the
family was continually annoyed by
cranks and those who aimed to ex
ploit their misfortune.
Mr. and Mrs. Starr were indignant
at the Hotel Vanderbilt that thr,ir
motives should ba impugned. They de
clared they had been drawn into fhe
matter, even against their will, by the
force of circumstances, and could not
now shirk What appeared to them
a duty in spite of the annoyance and
indignity to which this course might
The Starrs said they had sent Mr.
Walter Ross a telegram warning him
against making any statements which
they would consider libelous.
“We have been drawn into this mut
ter most reluctantly,” said Mr. Stair,
“and only through our desire to see
justice done. I am at a loss to under
stand the attitude of others who may
be concerned. It would seem to me
that the only possible point of view is
one of co-operation and helpfulness.
The evidence adduced so far has all
been affirmative and cannot be de
stroyed by mere categorical denials
and negations. While I regret most
deeply the necessity of making this
statement, it seems requisite to dis
claim this relationship, they are now
under the obligation of disproving it.'1
Walter L. Ross, who commutes each
day from Philadelphia, was stolen with
Charley, his brother, on July 1, 1874,
by Mosher and Douglas. After th»
pedlers and kidnapers had driven some
distance they set Walter down and
drove off with Charley.
Charlie was never seen afterward,
although halt the world searched for
him, and Christian K. floss, his fath
er, wore out his life anti fortune in
the vain quest.
Another brother, Henry A. Ross, is
president if the Itoss-Tacony Crucible j
company, of Taeony, near Philadd- j
The man v. ho the Starrs are c\ n
vinced is Charley Ross disclosed to
day a sequence of letters having to do
with the Ross family. He suid that 1 ist
February, while livi.ng under the
name of J, C. Dellinger, he had heard
from some of tne older citizens of
Belton, Ga., that he was many years
ago suspected of having been the miss
ing Charley Ross. He asked a Phil
adelphia newspaper whether anybody
was known who could show him pic
tures of Charley Ross and of Douglas,
one of the kidnapers, so he might
compare these with his own early pic
ture and that of flto tin peddled who
had reared him as a stolen child.
— The newspaper replied as follows:
“We do not know just where you
could secure a picture of Charley
Ross or Joseph ituglas, supposed to
be one of his abductors, unless Wal
ter L. Ross, brother of the kidnaped
boy, has one. He lives at Thirty
third and Moreland avenue, Chestnut
“Dellinger,” then living in Denver,
N. C., said he wrote Mr. Ross, encloF
ing affidavits signed by C. R. Fauk
ner, R. B. Scales, J. C. Quillian, C.
Wade, A. J .Carter and Mrs. V. J.
Carter. aH of Belton, Ga., all deposing
that “Dellinger” had been reputed the
stolen Charley Ross years ago.
“I wrote” explained hte supposed
Charley Ross, “t?.at this gave me
some reason to suspect I might be the
missing child, and to avoid publicity,
for ray family and that of Mr. Walter
Ross, I was taking this means of ask
ing for 3arly photographs. I stated
that in case he was not inclined to
(Continued on page four.)
Hooded Members ef Invisible Kmpire
to Parade Through Shelby.
• By The Hundreds.
Shelby in to witness one of its most
colorful events Thursday night of
this week, June 17, if plans announe.
ed by local Ku Klux klan members
are carried through successfully.
On tbut evening robed and hood
ed klunsmen from about 15 towns a- d
cities in North and South Carolina
will parade the streets of Shelby in
full regalia. Coinciding with the mam
moth parade of ihe invisible empire
will be a public speaking at the court
house and a K.'-K. K. film at the
The program as related by klan of
ficials will push back the hand on the
clock of Time in Shelby and bring
hack colorful memories of the old
South, it is said. Years ago Tom Dix
on, famous author, made the old klan
immortal through his stories of their
workings—stories that were based
about the historic court square of
Shelhv in the days when the white
robed knights of old assembled there.
And around that square Thursday
night several hundred klansmen will
march ^nd later enter the building fur
a public speech by a klan speaker.
The klan here has issued an an
nouncement saying that a picture,
“The Toll of Justice", telling of the
workings of the klan, will he on from
2 in the afternoon until 11:30 at night
at the Princess theatre. At 8 o’clock in
the evening. J. W. Alford, of Wil
mington, will speak in ihe court hou-e
and the public generally is invited
Although it cannot be definitely
learned it is reported that the robed
parade will start from the city ball
park at 8 o'clock and will follow u
line of march around the court square,
I and main business section of the
Two ('aro)inas In.
A klan official of Shelby states that
the parade should be one of the larg
est ever staged in the two Carolina;?.
Invitations, he says, have been mailed
out to klaus over both states and in
dications are that representatives
from all klans will take part in the
ceremonies and march. Some of the
towns and cities listed to send dele
Marion, Rutherfordton. Asheville-.
Hend< tsonville, Forest City, Morgan
ton, Hickory, Newton, Gaffney, Lin
colnton, Kings Mountain, Blacksburg
The last klan parade staged in Shel
by attracted throngs to the court
square vicinity of Shelby and the
gathering was considered one of the
largest ever assembled in the town. *
With the likelihood of a still great
parade Thursday night an equally
large crowd k expected to witness lho
fiflf. J. E. THOMPSON
FiliS III PULPIT
Aged Minister, Related Here* Has
Sudden Attack During Sermon.
Father of Mrs. Gidney.
Shelby people will hear with regret
of tho illness of Rev. J. Ed Thompson
at Salisbury# Rev. Mr. Thompson, or.o
of the oldest ministers in active serv
ice in the state, is the father of Mrs.
Lamar C. Gidney and is well known in
Shelby, having preached here years
ago. The account of the attack in
news dispatches from Salisbury says:
Rev. J. Ed. Thompson, pastor of
Main street Methodist church is in
the Salisbury hospital following an
attack of weakness he experienced
while conducting service at his church
this morning. Realizing that he could
not go on with the service, Mr.
Thompson was pronouncing the bone
dieton to dismiss his congregation
when he fell backwards and struck his
head on the floor He was rendered
unconscious and remained so for a
couple of hours. But this evening is
reported to be showing improvement.
Mr. Thompson is one of the oldest
ministers in active work in the con
ference and has served a number of
churches in this section of the state.
Good Rain Visits County.
So far as could be learned early in
the afternoon the rain of Monday hit
all sections of the county. The im
mediate territory around Shelby re
ceived a good shower, which appar.
. entiy was heaviest southwest of town
in the general direction of Boiling