NORTH CAROLINA’S LEADING NEWSPAPER OUTSIDE OF THE DAILY FIELD
Was Carolina’s Fastest Grow
ing Town 1920-1925 By U. S.
VOL. XXXIV, No. 7.°.
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C. FRIDAY. JUNE 18. 1926. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons By maU’pcr year (in advance) -$2-6°
—_____* By carrier, per year (In advance) $3.00
Ed- Dixon Withdraws From Race For Sheriff In Second Primary- Logan Now Nominee
Asheville Minister Under
Charge Visits In Shelby
Hr. Ashley Chappell, Prominent Preacher. Appears To Be
Unfortunate Victim Of Unusual
Shelby was the stage yesterday for the development of one of
the most remarkable plots, in which actual human characters
played a part, ever recorded. 1 he actors in the unusual, dramatic,
aiid soul-blighting drama, were two pastors—two prominent pas
tors—of the Methodist church of North Carolina.
One of these was Rev. Ashley Chappell, I). 1)., pastor of the
fashionable Central Methodist church of Asheville, and ranked as
one.of the most brilliant men in the Southern church_
Standing' accused of immoral conduct. •
And the other was Rev. H. K. Boyer. 1). 0., of Shelby, credit- j
cd with being the profoundest thinker in the North Carolina pul- i
Called to defend his co-worker at the bar of the church.
Dr. Chappell came to Shelby to confer with Dr. Boyer over !
the line of the defense, and met the local pastor in his study and !
was closeted with him for several hours going over the evidence.1
The trial will be held before a committee of thirteen church
men at Statesville July 20th.
Meantime Rev. Chappell, D.D., is
in this position: He has been suspend
ed from the pastorate of his fashion
able church, but the board of stewards
is standing by him as a unit, declaring
their belief in his innocence notwith
standing the unusual circumstances
of the. case.
He is married; has a beautiful and
cultured wife who has expressed pro
foundest confidence in him, and two
children. He is forty-five years old.
The alleged offense occurred in
Memphis, Tennessee, during the meet
ing of the general conference of the
Methodist church there May 8th.
Learning of the run^or of the "story,
a representative of The Star went to
Hr, Boyer’s office yesterday morning
and asked the pastor concerning the
case. Dr. Boyer is frank, open, ns
honest as the sunlight, qualities which
have endeared him to thousands in
He said: “We haven't anything to
conceal, and I am going to tell you
the whole story; lay the cards on the
table. I consider Dr. Chappell to be
absolutely innocent, and I am defend
ing him with that conviction in mind.
“The circumstances are highly pe
culiar, and I consider Dr. Chappell
the victim of the most unusual group
ing of circumstances I ever heard of.
The case is stranger than fiction/’
Dr. Boyer then went on to relate
the facts back of the charges con
fronting che minister. Here is an out- ;
line of the narrative he told, pied!
rated upon two basis facts upon which
the tragedy in the life of the preach- ,
One of these is, Dr. Chappell suf
fers from the malady of hernia.
The other is, he is a confirmed pe
mie night during the conteivnic
sessions he was detained at a commit'
tee meeting until after nine o'clock. !
It so happened that day had been !
such a busy one that he had not had !
time for his usual daily eonstitutiorni
and upon the adjournment of the j
committee started out for a three- 1
That's the setting of the stage for
the occurrence. Here is what happen
de had walked hut a short distance
""hen the truss, which he wears as a
result, of the malady from which he
suffers, became dislodged. Under such
circumstances he is the victim of ex
cruciating pain. He suffered so on this
occasion that he came near fainting
A stranger in Memphis, he did not
know in which direction to turn for
Obviously he was in a neighbor!" od
of the poorer section of the town, and
"hat was worse he saw no house im
mediately around him that was oc
cupied. In his agony he staggered to
the door of the building nearest hint,
which seemed to be a vacant store
conm. He tried the door; it was lock
Ho moved to the corner of the
'"hiding, which reposed on an alley,
lb staggered up the alley, and came
•" some sort of side door. Near lb.*
dnnr was a jj,jr|—a mulatto girl. At
•he doorway he met a woman, anpar
f'Mtly a negro woman, and asked her
if he could he accommodated with a
r"'"n for a few minutes.
The woman told him, yes. and led
him inside. She showed him into a
r"om. He was standing in this room. |
,rving to alleviate his suffering when
h,> heard a commotion outside.
• he cops were raiding the place.
It was a house of ill-fame he nad
•"advertently fallen into.
The cops were obviously watching
it. and immediately they saw him en
(Continued on page six.)
THOUSANDS WATCH j
BIG U PARADE
Shelby Streets Paved With People for
Colorful Event. Delegates From
Two States Gathered.
An estimated gathering of around
5,000 people packed the streets of
Shelby Thursday night to witness a
parade by about 200 robed and hood
ed members of the Invisible Empire.
Business streets .for several blocks
were jammed with cars and all side
walks and standing spaces in the bu
siness section were packed with people j
craning to witness the steady march
in single file of the white-robed klar.s
A klan picture was featured during
the day at a local theatre and follow
ing the parade an interesting address
was made hy J. W. Alford in the court
house. The auditorium there was fill
ed, with standing room going at a pre
mium. The klansmen in the line of
march did not enter the court house
so that the public might hear the ad
dress. However, several robed klans
men acted as ushers.
Come Long Distance.
It is said that around 200 were in
the parade, most of them being dele
gates from other klans here. Informa
tion supposedly coming from klan of
ficials here have it that several hun
dred klansmen here did not parade,
including the majority of the Shelby
klan. Delegates from other klans
came from as far south as Greenville,
S. C.; as far west as Asheville, and
as far east as Charlotte and Kanna
As it was the meeting was con
sidered one of the biggest gatherings
of kiansnien ever held in the section.
The line of march started at the city
ball park and passed through the main
business streets of the town.
Information considered reliable,
learned here today has it that there
are around 200 members in the Shel
An unusual feature of the parade
Thursday night was the appearance
at the head of the parade, and just
behind the fiery cross, a car filled
with women rohed in keeping with the
klan regalia. It is said that they were
members of woman’s klan auxiliary of
a nearby town.
Correct Dates For
School elections relative to the con
solidation of Cleveland county schools
will take place Monday, June 21st, in
stead of July 5th, as stated in the
last Cleveland Star. If the elections
are carried, Sharon, Shanghai and
Beaver Dam schools will be consoli
dated, as will Earl, McBrayers, Br >ud
River and Cedar Grove, and Elizabeth
County school property in No. .1
and No. 10 districts, consisting of
Ellis school building and site, and the
Mt. Zion building and lot, will go on
*ale the first Monday in July. It will
be noticed that these dates were,
through error, exactly reversed in the
Florida Folks Buy
In Homeland At
When a man is impressed to
the extent of investing, "he is
really sold on a thing”—as they
say in Wall street parlance.
By that barometer the realty
development future of Shelby and
Cleveland Springs appears more
proposing than ever.
This week Alfred P. Marshall,
developer of Cleveland Springs
estates, brought to Shelby a party
of leading citizens from his home
city of Clearwater, Florida. Many
of them were business and civic
officials, and it was not Mr.
Marshall’s intent to sell them real
estate. In the weeks ahead he
plans to bring many Floridians
here and to interest them ;r.
Shelby real estate. It was his plan
that if this first party of his lead
ing fellow citizens were impress
ed with Shelby that it would be
easy to bring others here on their
They liked Shelby and Cleve
land Springs so well that—not
only will they boost it back home
—while preparing to leave Fri
day quite a number of them pur
chased home sites in “Carolina’s
Most Dependable Development.”
In fact, more than 86 per cent,
of the party purchased home sites
there. Some plan to build, other.?
see increasing values ahead. With
this small scouting party im
pressed to the extent of investing
it is thought big buying parties
will practically buy our home
land areas under construction.
Climate, highways, scenery,
mineral waters, play facilities
and a generally active business
trend were Shelby assets with
which the visitors were most im
Contractor Who DM First Shelby Job
Gets Wrork. Outline of Streets
To Be Paved.
Contracts were awarded to Ely
Construction company, of Augusta,
Ga., and Zeb Weathers Co., of Shel
by, Wednesday night for a program
of hard-surfaced street construction
calling for an outay of approximately
$125,000. These were the low bidders
in a field of eight bidding for the
contract. The Augusta contractois
offering to do the black-top hard . ur
facing at a cost to the city of $2.00
per square yard, while the home firr.i
will lay all the concrete at $2.15 per
The streets to be paved are as fol
lows: The extension of South LaFay
ette street through South Shelby, W.
Graham from the Southern railroad
to McBrayer.- street, Lineberger
street, running from Highway No. 2D
toward Eastside, and various connect
ing streets in the blocks surrounding
the court square. West Marion and
the Charlotte highway will be further
widened from the Methodist parson
age to the bounds of the old city lim
It is interesting to note that the
Ely Construction Co., paved the first
streets in Shelby, those surrounding
the court square, in 1917. Since that
time the city’s system of paving has
been extended until now there are
but few important streets in the city
left to be hard-surfaced.
Work on these streets will begin
at once, probably within the next two
weeks. Although no further construc
tion is planned at this date, several
requests for paving in other sections
of town have been received, and it Is
probable that other construction will
be discussed some time in the near
Blaze Starts From
Bolt Of Lightning
W. H. Queen, painter and, paper
hanger of Shelby, who lives on South
DeKalb street annex, is a lucky mat.
—the luckiest man in town.
During the storm of last Monday
lightening struck his home, ripped up
part of the chimney, ignited a spark
that caught a pair of hose on the
closet floor belonging to Mrs. Queen
—but the fire died there.
When Mrs. Queen, who was absert
from the house at the time, return
ed, she saw upon the floor a quaniity
of debris, and later discovered where
the fire had started.
Lightning tore a hole through the
attic, and ran down the chimney.
The damage was slight.
A First Lady?
— NEA, Cleveland Bureau
Mary Miller Fisher, daughter of
John S. Fisher, of Indiana county.
Pn . may 1* the next first la^v r.
Pennsylvania. Her father,
er. Is the Il-puMIcnn n<.i--."«s lot
governor of the keystone State.
Plans for a weekly half-h >li
da.v among the Shelby stores
were thoroughly discussed at a
meeting of representatives in the
chamber of commerce office this
week. Although only eighteen
were present, the gathering was
very enthusiastic over the plans
presented by secretary Newton.
These plans weer that all stores
should close one afternoon a week,
preferably Thursday, during the
months of July and August, that
all dry-goods stores should close
at 9 o’clock on Saturday nights,
and that all grocery stores
should have the later hour of 10
o’clock for their closing time on
Due to the fact that several
business houses were without re
presentatives, no formal vote was
taken on the propositions. How
ever, a committee of three disin
terested parties will be appointed
by secretary Newton some time
in the near* future to circulate
petitions among the merchants
of the town relative to the three
questions under discussion.
Home Office of Wildacres Claims
Exemption From Responsibili
ties of Local Agent.
Wildacres Development company,
.vith branch office in Shelby, claimed
exemption Thursday from all debts
incurred by their agent B. .lay.
This came as the result of communica
tion established with them by Ben
nett and Edwards, law firm of the
city, in regard to sums totalling
iround $800 owed, it is said to Dr.
Morrison for office rent, and the
Shelby Book Supply company for
Mr. Bennett stated Thursday that
the Wildacres Co. claimed to have a
■ontract with their representative ab
solving them from all obligations of
this nature and making him wholly
responsible for them. Acting on this,
they are planning to prosecute Jay, it
is said for the amount of the bills as
soon as they can secure the removal
of the case to Cleveland county. If
further developments show that re
sponsibility devolves upon the home
office, suit will be entered against
them for collection, it is further said.
Earl Will Succeed
Neely As Manager
J. Q. Earl, a native of Cleveland
county, who has been manager of the
Efird store at Laurinburg for the past
five or six years, is coming to Shelby
to succeed (I. W. Neely as manage?
of the local store, it has been an
Mr. Earl is slated to take charge on
Mr. Neely has been appointed, as
was told in Wednesday’s Star, to the
assistant managership of the Char,,
Shelby’* Assels And Opportunities
•*ut On Air Out of Clearwater,
Fla. Many Listen In
"Shelby must quit hiding her light
under a bushel basket, Hntl put on a
campaign of advertising that will
make the world, especially the tour
ist world, sit up and take notice," ac
cording to Mr. R. (J. I-awrence, prom
inent Floridian of Clearwater, Fla.,
who is nowing spending some time in
; Shelby. He has two slogans, the
slogans that he claims gave Florida
| her place in the sun—“It pays to ad
vertise,” and “Tell the world."
Mr. Lawrence says that the "City
of Springs’ in his estimation has at
tractions that surpass those of Ashe
ville and Hendersonville, that her year
round climate has no equal anywhere
| in the country, and that the only
| thing necessary now |g a campaign
I of intensified, personalized, organized
The program broadcast from sta
: tion WGHB at Clearwater last Wed
nesday night expressed the same opin
ions as those held by Mr. Lawrence.
It was given in honor of the Florida
i delegation now visiting at Shelby’s
: premier resort hotel, and many radio
fans over the city listened-in to the
praise coming from Florida of West
ern North Carolina in general, and
Shelby in particular. The program
was diversified, consisting of a var
iety of musical selections, as well as
j the feature address by Mr. Hansplant,
■ acting vice-president of the Clear
i water chamber of commerce. Mr.
1 Hansplant, after a welfome to his
fellow townsmen listening in on me
program, launched into a discussion
of the advantages possesssed by
Western North Carolina and of the
possibility of a cooperative advertis
ing campaign between the two sec
tions. He mentioned the attraction
to tourists of a winter home in Flor
ida and a summer home in the west
! ern part of the state.
It is interesting to note that the ex
i pense of such a program as that
broadcast the other night runs well
between $600 and $600.
Mr. Lawrence’s primary purpose in
visiting North Carolina is to invest!- I
gate the possibilities of routing
north and south bound travel through
Shelby. He stressed the necessity,
both psychological and actual, of a
road system second to none in the
South, since impressions carried away
by tourists rests mainly on their
memory of the conditions of the roads
over which they pass. The entire
partly was agreeably surprised to tif.u
that the city had such a central loca
tion in regard to the road system and
resort centers of the state, and that
the highway program in the county
was progressing at such a rap.d rate.
Mr. Lawrence concluded the inter
view with the highest praise for Al
fred P. Marshall, new owner of Cleve
land Springs, and stated that real es
tate development in the city had a
man behind it in Mr. Marshall who
was well-financed, second to none in
his ability to “do things,” and who
would absolutely do what he promised
for the city and section. AH he needs
is plenty of help in “Boosting Shel- :
by" ' !
Near Seriou* Crash
On Thursday Morning
Taxi Sedan Crashes Into Truck Street
Junction. Both Cars Are
JK wreck that came near being of
fatal consequence occurred near the
junction pf DeKalb and Gldney streets
Thursday morning about three
o’clock, when Syd Nolan, local taxi
driver, crashed into the rear end of
a truck belonging to Grover Howell.
The truck was parked under a shed
at the side of Howell’s home, and
Nolan, driving a Cadillac sedan that
belonged to Plato Grigg, drove
straight up the driveway leading to
the shed, struck the truck squarely
and almost completely demolished his
car. Some damage was also done to
The causes of the peculiar accident
are a matter of conjecture. Nolan
states that his intention was to fol
low the road that leads on down
through Curtistown, but through mis
take and bad lights, he mistook the
driveway for the road. The impact
of the collisipn knocked the truck i
through the garage wall.
Nolan’s injuries, so far as is known
are not of serious nature. He sus
tained bruises about the breast and
face, with possibility of further in
ternal injuries, but Friday morn
ing he was resting fairly well at h:s
home on Buttle street.
Former Deputy Decides To
Remain Out Of Run-off Race
After Re-Considering Several Angles Dixon, Who Made Good
Showing In First Primary, Leaves Logan
Big Luncheon Meeting Will he Clos
ed With Mammoth Dance Boost
ing in Cotton Induatry.
Plans are now on foot to staff?
a big “Cotton Ball” at Cleveland
Sprin«ra on next Friday night as
the closing number of the big
luncheon club gathering. The
dance will be featured by the
awarding of prises to the three
ladies with the beat cotton cos
tumes, and the winner will be
crowned as “Princess Cotton of
As detailed by the Shelby Cotillion
club and textile leaders the “wea*
more cotton” theme will be carried
out throughout the dance. With scv.
eral hundred people here for the gath
ering of business men during the
half day and acores of others coming
for the ball, a huge crowd is expected.
Textile leaders of the section will
offer cash prises to the three out
standing cotton costumes worn by
ladies and practically all of those
taking part in the dance will be cloth
ed in cotton goods.
An Hour of square dancing, the
hobby of Henry Ford, will open the
program. The old-fashioned square
dances will be followed by a Charles
ton exhibition by Shelby's champion
Charleston stepper. Then the big
dance will begin. Shelby’s young so
cial set will invite dozens of friend-,
from nearby towns and cities to at
tend the event and scores of the oider
folks are expected to be on hand for
the square dances.
With the families of luncheon clues
and chamber of commerce members
coming from a half-dozen towns the
lobby of the big resort hotel should
be filled with dancers and on-looken,.
As planned now the ball will be
different from the usual script dance
in that there will be no charges for
couples entering. Through the cour
tesy of Mr. Alfred P. Marshall, oi
Cleveland Springs eglates. the Tnr
Heel Syncopntors, crack Shelby or
chestra, will furnish music for the oc
At a meeting of the Shelby Kiwanis
club Thursday evening plans were
perfected for the big gathering Fri-1
day night and committe’es were ap
pointed to look after the various parts !
of the afternoon program.
Committees named by J. D. Lir.e
berger, president of the club, were.
Golf—Charles L. Eskridge and Jean ,
Horseshoes—Josh Latt'more and
John W. Doggeit.
Tennis—J. H. Grigg and Reuben
Swimming and diving—Dick Gur
Golf exhibition—Chas. L. Eskridge
and W. H. Lyle.
Present Memorial At
.Memorial Bulletin Board Presented To
Church as Memorial to Late Mrs.
L. M. Hull, Devoted Member
Special features will mark the ser
vices at the Presbyterian church Sun-,
day. At the close of the morning
worship a handsome bulletin board |
will be presented to the congregation
by Mr. L. M. Hull as a memorial of !
Mrs. Hull. An appropriate service,
unveiling the memorial, will be con
ducted on the church lawn where the
bulletin board has been erected. This
service will be held immediately fol
lowing the morning worship, and no
doubt wilj be largely attended.
At 9:45 the Sunday school will be.
gin its work under the direction of
J. S. McKnight, superintendent. Rev.
H. N. McDiarmid will preach at 11
a. m. and 8 p. m. His morning sub
ject will be “Christ in the Home.*’
“A Puzzled Landlord” will be the
evening tonic. The choir will sing
“Praise Ye the Father” (Gounod) in
the morning; and “How Long Must
We Wait?” in the evening. At 6:45
p. m. there will be a joint meeting of
the junior and senior Christian En
deavor societies to hear the reports
from the representatives of the young j
people’s conference recently held at
Davidson college. To all the activi- ’
ties of this church the public is in
There will be no race for the sher
iff’s office in Cleveland county's sec
This was definitely decided yester
day when Ed. W. Dixon, of Bel wood,
second man to Sheriff Logan in the
first race, made official announce
ment to The Star that he had with
drawn from the second race.
Thts leaves Sheriff Hugh Logan
unopposed in the second primary, and
consequently he is the Democratic
nominee for sheriff—which in reality
means that he will be the next sher
: iff succeeding himself, as there are
j no indications of a political turn-over
in the county.
There has been talk for several
days that Mr. Dixon might decide to
withdraw, but such was not ascer
tained for a certainty until he mado
his announcement to The Star.
In making his decision the popular
Belwood man will likely find that he
has made himself stronger with the
county and in his announcement he
reveals a fine feeling of consideration
for the voters of Cleveland. He says
in that connection:"—I am convinced
that it would be for the best interest
of the Democratic party and all
concerned if I withdrew.’’
Mr. Dixon, a former deputy under
Sheriff Logan, made a fine record as
an officer and is considered one of the
most substantial and trustworthy citi
zens of the county, as was made evi
dent by the votes he received in the
first primary. In political circles it
is talked that the decision of Dixon
will likely rebound in his future
favor—meaning that bv saving voters
additional trouble and by keeping a
complete harmony in the party that
his thoughtfulness may bi rewarded
in time to come.
Other Races On
With the withdrawal of Dixon pol
itical activity will center on the race
for clerk of superior court between
A. M. Hamrick and George D. Wash
bum. There are no indications now
that would likely change this race, it
ia said. So on July 3 Cleveland coun
ty people will cast their votes for
only two offices that of clerk and for
superior court solicitor, the candi
dates for the latter being San Erwin,
Jr., of Morganton, and Spurgeon
Spurling, of Lenoir.
Following is the complete state
(Continued on page two.)
LUKE LURE PRIZE
Miss Helen Cahinesa Gets Award
Among 3,000. Shelby Was Gate
way To Big Opening Festi
vities There. ’
Chimney Rock.—With more than
3,000 names of persons in attendance
registering their home addresses a3
guests of Lake Lure for the day's
opening festivities, it was unanimous
ly decided that the ten dollar gold
piece donated by Dr. Morse, should be
awarded to Miss Helen Cabiness, of
Shelby RFD 4.
While the presentation was being
made motion picture cameras clicked
away recording this portion of a cere
mony which all present declare
marks an era in the progress of
this portion of Western North Caro
lina. Shelby and Cleveland county, as
a gateway is playing its part in
putting over this the largest develop
ment in the state. The regular line
of Lake Lure busses make the night
or luncheon stop daily, and sometimcD
several each day, at the Cleveland
Other prizes awarded at the lay
ing of the cornerstone were as fol
lows: oldest person present, L. J.
Ledbetter, aged 79, who participated In
the flag raising on top of Chimney
Rock in 1916, awarded a handsome
ly bound volume of Azure Lure; J. P.
Edgerton, a blind citizen of Buncombe
county, aged 75 received a similar
Major Lawrence W. Young of the
U. S. Army, Honolulu, received a
handsome traveling bag for having
traveled the greatest distance from
his home to Lake Lure. Little Miss
Virginia Milner, daughter of Willis
J. Milner, jr., was presented a souv
enir doll for officially deciding that
the prize of ten dollars in gold, offered
by Dr. L. B. Morse, president, should
go to Miss Helen Cabiness, of She!