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VOL. XXXIV, No. 79
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
.FRIDAY, JULY 2. 1926.
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. ^>car (in advance^"^2*50
J by carrier, per year in ad'-suice S3.0C
Boyer Consults Chappell
About Minister’s Defense
Reported That Friends Are None Too
I,oval. Three Former Shelby
Pastors in Trial.
That Rev. Ashley Chappell, 1). It,
,:.st• >r of the fashionable Central
Methodist church of Asheville, chare
eh with immoral conduct and su
p. nded from his pulpit pending trial,
j; crushed by the blow that has fal
len upon him. is word brought to
Shelby by reliable authorities follow
ing the case.
Vnd it is said that Mrs. Chappell
t es the circumstance even harder
than her husband. Already, ii is said,
friends are giving both the pastor and
h. handsome wife the cold shoulder,
notwithstanding his trial has not yet
come off, and is still more than two
weeks ahead, being set for the 20tn
It develops that not only the coun
el lor the defense at the trial has
been chosen from Shelby in the per
son of Rev. H. K. Boyer, pastor ot
Central Methodist church here, hue
the jury to set upon the case will in
clude three former Shelby pastors of
the Central church—Rev. A. L. Stan
ford, who recently left this charge
for a Charlotte church: Rev. George
I). Herman and Rev. W. E. Poovey.
Hr. Boyer left Shelby Thursday aft
ernoon for Asheville to consult with
Hr Chappell, That the conference was
prolonged and important was indicat
ed by the fact that Dr. Boyer had
not returned to the citv as late . as
Friday, he having expected to be back
at his desk here Friday morning.
!* is said the attitude of certain of
.Hr. Chappell’s fornn” close friends
c l some members of his congrega
tion in adopting a program of ostra
cism toward him. has hurt him im
mensely. and made hint realize the
full import of the charge against him.
The minister is being made to real
ize it is said shat no matter what the
verdict o fthe jury mav be. that .hi
mav exnect to face a cold and hostile
world from this time on
u hen these facts were broueht to
the attention of F>r. Boyer, who '$
•<>utly defending Dr. Channel! in ev
ery word he utters in connection with
♦he case, the minister said the fact
is inexplicable to him how many
men and women will do pH in the;?
power to drive a man downward who
is embarrassed hy circums ances.
“Many people.” said Dr. Royer “do
not wait to pet the facts of a case
as in this instance, hut iumn at con
clusions. and instead of privin<r one
who is buffeted by adverse eirenm
s'acee the benefit of a reasonable
doubt, proceed to do all they can to
sink him deeper in the mire.
“Such seems to be an unfortunate
phase of human nature.”
Dr. Rover was asked if the state
ment which has been made here that
Dr. Channell had no monev in his
"ocket when he was caught in the al
leyed house of ill fame, is true. He
rpnlied that Dr. Chappell had three
dollars in his pocket, which the po
The defense j« collectimr a larjre
number of affidavits to be used at
•he trial, some of these pointim?
clearly, it is said, to 'he innocence of
It was at first thought that other
counsel would be admitted to the case,
'■oth on the side of the defense and
fur the prosecution, but lately it was
decided that representation will b *
confined to Dr. Rover, actirnr fer
f'hapnell. and Rev. C. M. Pickens, D
D-. of Albemarle, for *he prosecution.
The chairman of the trial rpmmit
t''°. who is the trial irdere. will be
Kev. I>r. Prettyman, of Gastonia.
City Fireman Goes
To Truck Factory
Mapes Newman, one of Iho mem
bers of Lhe Shelby Firr department
leaves tonight for Elmira. New
’ ork, where he goes to learn the con
struct ion and operation of the new
s'* cylinder fire truck which the town
"f Shelby has purchased from the
American LaFrance Co. Mr. Newman
"'ill be gone about six weeks, the pur
l'osH ()f his trip being to study the
construction and operation of this
modern fire fighting apparatus which
humps 750 gallons of water per min
ute and is fully equipped with fire
I his move is made under the super*
vision of Shelby’s new -fire organiza
tion under the direction pf Chief Her
Mr. Roy Newman, for years one of
the city firemen, is back on his old
teat at the fire department.
Wehb Building At
Kings Mt. Going Up
Kings Mountain—The new Webb
i'Uilding opposite the postoffice is go*
mg up. Excavation has been com
pleted and the brick has been going
m.to the walls for a week. The front
''’ill be of white pressed brick.
Tv/o Banks Pay Out
$18,0C0 In Dividends
Dividends arc welcome n md year
and the hirst National and Union
I rust company are distributing theii
regular dividends today to the amount
of $1«,000 for both institutions. The
1 ii'st National is paying regular six
percent semi-annual dividend on its
capital of $250,000 and this amounts
to $15,000 to the shareholders. The
remainder of the profit is being add
(‘<1 to undivided profits increasing
this item to *100,000.
The Union Trust company -with
headquarters in Shelby and maintain
ing branches at Lattimore, Fallston
and Lawndale is paying its regular
three percent semi-annual dividend
which amounts to $:i,000. Sufficient
funds is being added to its surplus to
increase this item to‘360,000.
The following letter has gone to all j
merchants, of Shelby from secretary!
•J. C. Newton of the chamber of com. j
merce in which he asks the merchants;
to cooperate with a secret advertising,
committee in eliminating unworthy •
and ineffective advertising propost- j
j tions which will save So,000 to $10.
000 a year if the merchants will not
buy community advertising from any
on unless they have the written ap
proval of the secret advertising com
The letter follows:
“The Shelby chamber of commerce
i desires to express to you its apprecia
tion of your efforts in ivs behalf, fin
ancial and otherwise, and to offer you ,
any service it is capacitated to per
form in keeping with the civic, indus
trial. and commercial p- ogress of t!ie
“The board of directors feel that the j
chamber of commerce can be of inesti j
triable value to the merchants and;
i business men of Rhelbv by making'
this organization the medium through'
which all community advertising is j
| to be effected. Thev believe that j
Shelby has been, and is now, consid- j
' ered “easy meat” for the fake adver- J
User, and that enormous sums ot
money are wasted annually in un
worthy advertising. With these facts
before them, and motivated by the
firm belief that they can save you
time and expense by eliminating all
j community advertising that does
not react t othe benefit and profit of
the town, they have aopointed a
SECRET ADVERTISING COMMIT
TEE whose duty is to pass upon ths
| merits of all advertising of a com
munity nature. Your resnonsibility in
making effective our efforts in this
field, is to refuse to subscribe to any j
form of advertising of the character
mention above that does not bear the
written endorsement and approval oi
the chamber of commerce. In th.s
matter alone the chamber of com
merce can save the town from fiv.v
to ten thousand dollars per year, an
amount equivalent if not greater than,
he total cost of onerating the cham
ber of commerce for one year.
. “We believe that your cooperatton
in this matter will react both to your
advantage and to the benefit of the
town, and if we can be of further as
' sistancc to you in any way do not hesi
tate to command us.”
Expect Completion Of
Road In October
Engineer R. M. Graham of the
State highway commission organiza
tion. says the hard-surfacing of high
wav No. 20 between Shelby and the
Rutherford' county lino will be com
pleted sometime in October if the
present rate of construction continues.
About 500 feet of base and surface is
being put down daily and at present
the force is working near Mrs. J. P.
Putnam’s and going in the direction
of Moorcsboro. About August 1st
the force will move equipment to the
Dover.mill to which point material
will be shipped for construction of
this end of the project. As is al
ready known, the surface is cement
instead of asphalt and manv motorises
declare this to make a much smoothei
Countv Ranks Low
In School Budget
Cleveland county ranks in no proud
[position in state educational circles
-peaking from the standpoint of
school expenditures. According to the
University News Letter the eountv
ranks 83rd in current school expendi
! ture per rural child. This expendi
i ture is $116,77
Rutherford. Lincoln and Catawba
! counties rank considerably higher
j than Cleveland.
Big Cotton Crop
For County Seen
Ahead On Farms
Another near record cotton
crop for Cleveland county this
year is the latest prediction.
The rains that fell following;
special prayer services have made
such seem a possibility, accord
ing- to prominent farm leaders.
In fact, the most pessimistic
of farmers in the county have
little to kick about now in regards
to cotton—that is, except the
Former Senator Sam C. Latti
more declares that his crop this
year promises to he his best, and
numerous other farm leaders,
make similar statements. Follow
ing the receni rains numerous
farmers have been heard to ex
press themselves as looking for a
Only a few weeks ago the farm
out look over the county was one
overshadowed by clouds—clouds
that did not contain rain.
With anything like a decent
price for their cotton farmers of
the countv feel sure of a pros
Not A Reality
Shelby business houses, generally
sneaking, did not observe Thursday
afternoon past as half-holiday as a
result of confusion arising over :v
general misunderstanding about the
half holiday closing movement plan
ned to have started last Thursday.
It was stated in an issue of The
Star last week that a large number of
merchants had signed a petition
agreeing to close, and those signing
the petition were given by signatures
on the petition. However. some of
those signing state that they under
stood that by their agreement they
w'ere to close only if the majority of
the merchants reached a similar
agreement. The majority did not so
rule, they say, and a large number of
the business houses remained open
owing to the confusion. However,
some local business placer, were closed
for the afternoon, most of them be
Apparently the general impression
gained now is that the half day
closing will not be observed. At least
a number of leading merchants have
expressed themselves thusly.
Dr. Frasier SneaUs
At Kiwanis Meeting
Dr. W. H. Frazier, president of the
Charlotte Kiwanis club and president
of Queens college was the chief speak
er at the Thursday night meeting of
the Kiwanis club wiih the program in
charge of Max Washburn. Both Fra
zier and Washburn made the trip to
the Kiwanis International which mot
in Montreal and Dr. Frazier’s speech
was devoted mainly to a report on th"
great vision of world peace by Rabbi
Stephen S. Wise.
Because of the summer season
when many members of the local eluo
will be away for the summer, it was
decided to hold meetings every other
Thursday night during July and Aug
ust and by unanimous vote the clun
agreed to pay the Cleveland Springs
hotel $1 per plate for dinner, Manager
J. D. Lineberger showing that the
actual cost of the raw food for Thurs
day night was 60 cents per individual
fed. A much better feed is promised
at the $1 charge.
Mercury Climbs To
96 During Thursday
“Off and on” weather has been th<
booking for Shelby during the past
week. Cool days, warm days, hot
days and cool nights.
Thursday the Ebeltoft thermometer
a conservative standard, climbed back
up to 96, the highest point s'.nce the
recent cool spell. Just what has bee*
the highest point reached by the mer
cury this year in Shelby is not known,
although the weather of Thurstlav
was exceeded quite a b!tr in heat t>y
the weather of a month ago.
Woman Heads B. & L.
League In District
Rutherfordton, July 1.—Miss Vir
ginia Grayson, secretary-treasurer of
the Citizens Building and Loan as
sociation was last week elected ore
ident of the Ninth district of the
state building and loan league, it be
came known here yesterday. She is the
first woman to ever hold this honor.
She has been the efficient secretary
of the local building and loan for
many years. The ninth district com
prises the counties of Burke. Cleve
land, Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln, Meek
lenburg and Rutherford and contains
some of the strongest associations in
OF SHELBY ITI1IE
Attorneys Say McKinney Returned
Auto. Rt(juests Comes I p To
Raleigh, July X.—Govenor McLean
has under consideration a requisition'
from the State of Flor.da for return
of ('. S. McKinney, of Shelby, charged
there with failure to make payments
on an automobile whicn he bought
while in that state.
Florida officials charge ihat Me.
Kinrey bought an automobile there
last year, paid a part on it. agreed
not to leave the State with it until
he had completed payment for it .and'
then left with it.
Attorneys representing the wanted
man. meeting with the Governor here
yesterday afternoon, said ihat Mc
Kinney had returned the- automobile
to the concern from whom he pur
chased it. after he had found that he
was unable to complete payment for
it. They testify that in all he pair
the Florida concern around SGI0.
Governor McLean announced that
he would make his decision after a
Ten Days Grace To
Buy Automobile Tags
Hundreds Have Not Yet Purchased
State and City License Plates.
Urged To Gets Theirs
North Carolina and Shelby automo-1
bile license plates expii'*d Wednesday !
at midnight and as jet hundreds of i
motorists have not equipped them
selves with new plates.
R. A. Dough ton, state commissioner
of revenue, has authorized a ten-day j
extension of time to secure state 11
cense and Mayor A. P. Weathers
states that the city of Shelby will
give a similar period of grace.
Motorists are urged bv Commis-!
sioner Doughton and Coleman W.
Roberts, vice president of the Carolina
Motor club which is distributing state
tags from 28 offices, to purchase j
plates promptly and not wait until j
the end of the ten day’s period of i
grace. Practically all of the Carolina j
Motor club offices will discontinue!
sale of plates on July 10, Mr. Rob- j
erts said. !
Plates go on sale at 8:80 a. m. and
the offices close ai 5 p .m. Under a
ruling of the department of revenue
license clerks are not permitted to
accept checks for plates. although
Carolina Motor club offices casn
checks for members.
Commissioner Doughton has an
nounced that there will postively Oe
no extension of the 10 days’ grace
Deriod and that motorists who do no,
have license bv July 10 are subject
to fine as provided by statute.
Mrs. Jessie Francis
Back In Jail Here
It’s not hardly news any more—
but Jessie May Prances is back in th«.
Cleveland county jail.
And future chapters m an already
j noted case promise to be continued in
j the future.
Officer Bob Kendrick, working It
I is said, on the instigation of her
| bondsman, visited Asheville Wednes
day night a»d found the woman,
bringing her to the county jail here
to await Superior court during tile
latter part of the month.
Mrs. Frances, in court here sev
eral times, was under bond for a head
ing at court several months ago, but
disappeared on the opening day o*1
the session and has been elsewhere
BIRTHDAY DINNER GIVEN
AT MRS. BLANTON’S HOME
Kines Mt. Herald.
Mrs. J. C. Blanton and Rev. W.
N. Cook were jointly accorded a sur
prise birthday dinner at the home of
Mrs. Blanton Sunday, by friends and
relatives of both. Among the out-of
town guests were R. W. Blanton and
family, of Gaffney, and George Me
Swain, of Shelby.
STAR WILL POST
The Star on Saturday night
will gather the unofficial re
turns of the county’s second
primary and post these returns
as they come in on the bulletin
board in front of the office.
Election officials, judges and
registrars, may greatly assist
The Star by telephoning o\
sending in their precinct vole
just as soon as it is counted.
The general public is invited
to take advantage of this serv
ice, which will be approximately
correct, although not official.
Shelby Carrier Has Covered
216,000 Miles On Mail Route
“Gov” Hawkins Could Have Circled World 12 Times On His
Working Mileage. Has Delivered Two
G. V. HAWKINS.
When it conies to getting over the
ground Shelby has -in entrant for
He's none other than G. V. Haw
kins, rural letter carrier of Shelby,
and president of the North Carolina
Letter Carriers’ association.
In his 24 years of service on the
mail routes of Cleveland county Haw
kins, better known as “Gov.", has
reeled off over 216,000 miles. Mean
ing that his total mileage would have
taken him around the world one dozen
In that time he has delivered ap
proximate 2,000,000 pieces of mail.
That’s what even Uncle Sam in his
exacting role as employer would ca'l
And perhaps that's why Mr. Haw
Politics Warm In County
On Eve Of Second Primary
Thursday Sees First Real Activity of
Second Primary Here. Work
Hard for Solicitor.
The proverbial old political pot in
Since the first primary little has
been heard of the second primary, but
Thursday things changed like unto
the first ballot battle. By late
Thursday evening campaigning was
at its height in various sections of the
county, including Shelby and Kings
Onlookers say that there was more
campaigning during the day and night
Thursday than during the interval
since the first primary. This rejuv
enated interest is continuing unabat
ed today with a grand climax expected
tonight on the eve of voting day.
The two candidates for clerk of
court. A. M. llamrick and George D.
Washburn, together with their numer
ous friends began the final lap of
vote-getting Thursday and front gen
eral reports both are meeting with
success. In fact, the success of both
is so apparent that veteran politicians
today refused to pick a winner and
' stuck to the prediction that “it will
j he a hot one." Some sections will go
| for one candidate, other.- for the oth
er. but for the most part the various
! voting precincts are expected to cast
vote for vote with very small mar
; gins at each precinct going together
| for a small county margin of vie*
Of course, this done may be entire
ly upset, but it’s that of the general
citizens’ viewpoint and will likely
stand through the county of Saturday
Thi j sday and Thursday hvening
witnessed the greatest activity of all
among the friends of Sam Ervin and
Spurgeon Spurling, candidates for su
nerior court solicitor. That both men
have strong and influential friends in
the county was made evident by the
happenings of the day. And such was
expected with one throwing the vote'
of Caldwell against Burke and run
ning about fifty-fifty in the other
counties, Cleveland is expected to be
the deciding battle ground.
And how Cleveland will go isn’t
exactly a certainty. However, the un
interested bystander gets the impres
sion that neither will receive any
great majority. Both men are too
ponular in the county for either to re
ceive the landslide so often talked in
politics and seldom seen.
Spurling, originally a native of
Cleveland, will noil a big vote on
that basis, especially in his home
section, and on the other hand Ervin’s
nopularitv as a prosecutor and with
the ex-service men will at least give
him a handsome vote.
It’s a matter of take-your-choie#
between what is generally accepted as
two candidates, both of whom would
make a fine solicitor.
Which is ‘‘tit for tat” and carries
no information. (Note: The informa
tion, exact, will be in Monday’s Star).
To Get Returns.
Again it might be stated that The
Star following its customs*of serving
its thousands of readers and friends,
will gather the returns on Saturday
night. Election officials in various
sections of the county have been ask
ed to co-operate with the paper in
getting these returns fn unofficially
and those who so desire may gather
in front of The Star office to secure
the returns as they are telephoned ti.
and placed on the big bulletin board.
A CAR IS KILLED
The snake story which Renn Drum
carried in last issue of “Around Our
Town" has had a tragic ending, for
death overcame the snake which stole
a ride in a Chevrolet belonging to Mr.
Bate Hamrick. Mr. Hamrick learns
that John Hunt who was driving in
another car behind him, saw the snake
drop from the oil pan of the Hamrick
car at the new pump station one mile
east of the Buice store near the Do
ver mill. Mr. Hunt killed the snake
and hung it on a limb to bring a re
freshing rain on the crops. It will b*.
remembered that when Mr. Hamrick
was talking to friends at the Buice
store when the snake, running acrors
the road, was chased bv men around
the store and the snake scooted up in
the oil pan of the car. A thorough
search failed to locate the reptile anil
Mr. Hamrick proceeded to drive away,
of course feeling all the time that the
serpent might appear beside him on
ihe seat. Mr. Hamrick was prepared
to leave the car to the snake at a
break-neck speed. For a day or two
he had a constant fear that the snake
was an unseen passenger with him,
but he learned yesterday that John
Hunt, who trailed behind him to
watch the snake-car, that Mr. Snake
dropped out after a mile ride and was
killed. And so ends the most unusual
snake story of the season.
MRS. B. C. HOUSER IS
SERIOUSLY ILL AT HOSPITAL
j The many friends of Mrs. B. C.
j Houser will regret to learn that, she
is not responding readily to treatment
at the Shelby hospital. Mrs. Houser
has beer sick since last Saturday.
kins is the reticing president of tho ]
state association of nu*n who cover
ground in performing their lit a
I<et ires As President
Mr. Hawkins, who is carrier on
Shelhy Haute 2, will automatically go
out of office as president next week
when the association of rural letter
carriers meet in Sanford.
Convention for Shelby
As retiring president Mr. Hawkins
will have considerable influence with
the convention and he stated this week
that he believes he can swing the next
convention to Shelhy if the town is
sufficiently interested to make it
known in the proper manner. Offi
cials of the city, chamber of com
merce, and other civic organizationsi
are expected to take up his sugges
tion and wire the convention an in
vitation to gather in “The City of
Springs" in 1927.
In the point of service Carrier
Hawkins is one of the oldest carriers
in this section of the state, having
entered the service September 1, 1902.
In the 24 years he has witnessed
many changes over the routes he has
covered. Style of mail has changed
in various ways, but love letters still
hold their usual sway as Hawkins
h.is observed in the two dozen years of
delivering them. Just how many
friends "Gov” has made during the
years he has been looked forward to
as the “mail man" is unknown, but
today he is one of the best known
men in the county, and when the state
association named him their presi
dent his worth was well recognized.
Under the present postal laws Mi.
Hawkins has 14 more years to serve
before reaching the age of retirement,
and from present appearances he
will be on his route in 1940.
Recent Visitors Write Back About
Houses Here. Others Ask In
formation On Living Costs
Shelby’s climate carried an appeal
back to Clearwater. Florida, through
the delegation that recently visited
Cleveland Springs Estates and other
sections of Western Carolina.
• Mr. S. T. Wiekens, of Clearwater,
a member of the party here some
weeks ago. has written *he office of
Cleveland Springs Estates asking
them to secure a six-room house for
f!0 days for his family nnd some
friends who wish to spend a part cf
the summer in Shelby.
They plan to come up about July
IS. it is said. Mr. Wiekens added
that although he wasn’t interested in
purchasing property now that he
liked Shelby on his visit and thought
it a fine place to spend a portion cf
the summer season.
Along with the lette" came inquir
ies from two Florida ladies asking for
hotel rates and other information
about the town. They heard of Shel
by through members of the recent d3
Mr. I). R. Keys, another member of
the party, hns written back that he
was thoroughly impressed with the
town and for equal climate thought it
had no equal. He stated that he
would not likely get back this sum
mer, but hoped to be able to spend
next summer in Shelby.
Recent delegations visiting Shelby
have carried hack boosting reports'of
the town and little by little the values
of these visitors are being heard. Al
most daily the mails bring in quer
ies and letters about Shelby, result
ing from the chamber of commerce
Observe Lord’s Supper
At Presbyterian Church
T7o celebration of the Fourth has
been planned for Shelby, but it is gen
erally understood that practically all
of the business houses of the city will
be closed during the day Monday,
July 5. '
It is definitely known that all the
banks will be closed during the day
and numerous "business houses hav*
announced their intention of also
closing following an unwritten custom
of several years, the Monday closing
coming in view of the fact that tha
Fourth falls on Sunday.
This announcement does not intern
tionally speak for all the business
houses of Shelby, for a complete can
vass of the business section was not
The following inercha'nts have sign
ed a petition agreeing to close on
Monday: Efird’s Department store,
Roses. Alexander Jewelry, Gilmers
inc., Blanton-Wright Clothing Go., W.
L. Fanning and Co., Kelley Clothing
Co., J. C. McNeeley company, Nix and
Lattimore, Wray-Hudson Co., J. C.
Penney Co., T. W. Hamrick Co.
Forest City Banks
Rutherfordton, June 30.—“Beginning
Thursday morning, July 1, Forest
City had only one bank, the Farmers
Bank and Trust company, the stock
holders having decided at a joint
meeting last Friday afternoon to
merge the National Bank of Forest
City with the Farmers Bank and
Trust company. The new and larger
bank will occupy the spacious new
home of the National bank, completed
last spring, facing the square. The
Farmers bank will move in Wednes
day night. The officers and directors
of the national bank haxe been added
.to the board of directors of the Far
,mers Bank and Trust company. J. H.
Thomas is president, while M. W.
Harris will b eactive president. Mr.
Harris has been cashier of the Nat
ional bank since its organization. The
combined capital stock of the merged
banks, or the Farmers Bank and
Trust company, will be $250,000 with
a surplus of $250,000 and total re
sources of about $3,500,000.
At Columbia Meet
Former State Senator Sam C.
Lattimore was one of the speakers
before the district Federal Land Bank
appraisers at Columbia, S. C., today.
Mr. Lattimore, recently nominated
for county commissioner by Cleveland
county Democrats, spoke on what
North Carolina’s good roads have
meant to farm values and incidentally
passed along a boost or so for the
Attending the meeting were lan l
appraisers from the four states mak
ing up the third district, _j