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WEDNESDAY AUG. 4. 1926.. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.^ man’per year (in. ad?nceM2-M
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VOL. XXXIV, No. 96
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
Seven Divorces Granted
At Superior Court Here
Lee Moore, Father Of Child Killed
By Train (Jets $2,000—Finger
Seven divorces, about the usual
number for each term of the Superb r
court in Cleveland, were granted this
week. Causes for which separation
was asked included infidelity, aband
onment and the like and no strenuous
efforts were made to fight the divorce.,
Down in,the register of deeds office,
the number of marriage license is
sued is falling off and up in the big
court the number of divorces in
creases. The court is not responsible.
Couples simply don’t get along to
gether as w-ell as they formerly did
and the law gives them a chance to
untie. Marriages are no doubt on the
increase hut quite a few hie away t >
South Carolira to save the $5 license
fee and the medical examination that
is required in North Carolina..
For the death of Mary Wilma
Moore, a 15 month old child, killed
last year near Double Springs, the
Southern railroad will pay t<j the
father, Lee Moore, the child’s admin
istrator the sum of $2,000 in a com
promise verdict. It will be remembered
that the child which had been follow
ing its mother early one morning,
sauntered off on the railroad tract
and was struck in the head bv the
lower sten of a coach.
Tree Case Dismissed
The tree cutting case was dismiss
ed by Judge Webb in so far as it per
tains to the may*r and board of al
dermen. R. L. Mode, of South Wash
ington street instituted action for
damages against the town of Shelby,
and each official, individually, for the
cutting of trees by the light depart
ment along the sidewalk in front of
Mr. Mode’s home. The trees were cut
to make way for an electric line
strung on poles above and the city at
torney contested the right of th»
plaintiff to sue. It was held that the
officials cannot be held responsible
but that the plaintiff may sue the city
as a corporation. The plaintiff’s at
torneys withdrew their third cause of
action asking for damages for men
tal anguish that Mrs. Mode might
have suffered when the trees were
cut. Before the suit comes up agahi,
the city will have to file an answer
to the new complaint.
$1,500 For Fingers
A compromise was reached after
the trial had started in the case where
Blaine Champion was suing the Hen
rietta Mills for $10,000 for an injury
to ihe hand and loss of fingers while
Champion was in the employment of
the defendant mill. In the comprom's^
the mill is to pay the defendant $1,500
and the court costs.
Talking Machine Notes
The jury didn’t believe George E.
Goforth, merchant on R1 Shelby
signed notes to the amount of $519.20
for talking machines and in a civil ac
tion in which the Security Finance
Co., was suing Mr. Goforth on notes
to this amount, the notes alleged to
have been given for the purchase ot
talking machines. Mr. Goforth was ex
cused from paying them.
The case in regard to the will of
Fannie Poston, a consent judgment
was signed whereby James Dewey
Poston is to have absolute title to ;>0
acres of land instead of having it held
in trust for him, while the balance of
the estate goes' to his sister. Mr>.
Mabel Poston Wellmon as provided in
The real estate of the late L. C.
Hamrick is to be sold, and after the
indebtedness is paid, the proceeds are
to he divided enually between the
widow and the heirs of L. C. Ham
tick, according to an agreement reach
ed this week in the superior court.
Jim Wilson, Home.
Returns To School
•lames R. (Jim) Wilson is home
'Wain in the land of the cotton plant,
after a year spent in the aviation
section of the Navy. It was some
strenuous year for the Shelby lad, but
he says he got a good deal out of it,
!,nd all told 4is glad he signed his
name on the dotted line of the en
He enlisted for four years, but
through the virtue of a special order
hf' got a release to come home to go
In school. He says he hopes to make
*he high school squad of kickers this
Wilson was stationed at Fortress
Monroe, Virginia; got in some flying,
end learned much about air trans
Rev. and Mrs. T. D. Bateman who
are %noy living at Columbus, Miss.,
!ll’e at Montreat at present. Mr.
Raternan is former pastor of the
I resbyterian church here and he and i
Mrs. Bateman are expected to visit
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Miller here next
v'eek, their many friends will be
klad to know.
Great Crowd Going
1 o Lattimore Aug. 6
A front crowd is expected at Lat
tiniore Friday, August Oth, according
to Prof. Lawton Blanton, who was a
Shelby visitor yesterday. The occa
sion is a Farmers Picnic and Home
( onii-rc at which all visitors are asked
to bring i askets of dinner and spend
tl <• day. .1. ('. Newton, secretary of
the chamber of commerce, R. Y. Win
ters of the State Department of Agri
culture and Mr. Pate, soil expert, are !
all on the program for short speeches. ,
A baseball game has been arranged '
between K lenboro and Union to add j
to the pleasure feature of the day.
All school children are asked to be on j
haml to receive instructions about the1
fall term which opens soon. A full;
day of entertainment is promised and
with many former Lattimore people
invited to the home--coming, the at
tendance will no doubt reach several
Most of Them for Bridge Work and
Lumber—$3,000 to Shelby Hos- |
|)ital for l’auper Cases
The county commissioners on Mon- j
day night passed upon the following !
bil's for payment:
,J. A. Buff bridge lumber, $62.40; ,
C. R. Gibson bridge work and lumber, I
$37.50; W. W. Tovvney bridge work, 1
$119.10; A. C. Blackett bridge lum-J
ber, $24.60; R. W. Wilson burial ex- !
penses Avery White. $10; R. A. White '
brdge work on Clintwood bridge, j
$200; C. C. Martin bridgp work I
Falls bridge, $35; H. O. Maunev'
bridge work. $420; Shelby Hospital •
nauner care, $3,000; Cliff Davis bridge
lumber, $70.20; E. B. Herndon bridge
work and baling straw at county home
$61.31; D. P. Washburn bridge work,
$7.63; T. P. Eskridge supplies county
home, $24.64: Riviere Drug Co.,
drugs. $3.35; Paragon Furniture Co.,
supplies county home, $11.60; Webb 1
Rr-is.. -u^nlies county home $22.41; |
C. H. Shull supplies county home 8.50; ,
South Shelby Pharmacv drugs for tail
and county home. $45.10; Ideal •
PP'mhirg and Heating Co., work at
iai1, $5.50; Campbell Dent. Store sup- ,
plies for county home, $22.78; Shelby
Flcctnc Co . county home work. $2.10; j,
Cleveland Drug Co., county home sup- ,
plies. $2.50; Paul Webb and Son, home i
supplies, $25550: Shelby Office Sup-1
ply Co., $16 85- H. A. Logan iail ex
penses and incidentals; $297.65; Star
Publishing Co., printing and advertis
ing, S32;L. A. Caban’ss county home
expenses, 191.20; Cleveland Hard- .
ware Co., supnlies, $80.07; Farmers
•io,l p];inters Hardware Co., supplies.
$5.65; Plato Ledford, capturing still,
*20: Commercial Printery, $18; H. A.
Logan summoning jurors, $27; Ken
dall Medicine Co., sunplies. $9.90: E.
W. Dixon bridg" work, $14.75; Alvin
Hardin county bridge work. $14.75;
Alvin Hardin county ' agent. $125;
Rutherford Hospital. $7.50; Southern j
Cotton Oil Co.. for home $90.92 j
M. A. Jollv officer grand jury. $7; |
Mrs. Irma Wallace home agent, $50;
Bewlev-Drrst Coal Co., coal, $80: S.
A L. Ry. Co., freight on coal $152 07;
Walker! Evans & Cogwell, office
books. $42.45; D. C. Putnam work, |
?.?; r. C, Martin bridge work. $124;,
Shelby Welding Co.. $2: L A. McCraw .
listing tax No. 1. $30; J. C. Weathers!
bridge work, $456: W. R. Newton tax,
work $500: A. S. Peeler hridee work, j
$2,49' Art Metal Co., office desk and
file $310.98; W. H. Blanton house rent
and supplies, $32.85.
F VNNING’S FI TTING ON
BIG CLEAN UP SALE j
Fanning's is announcing a sale of j
extraordinary proportions beginning
Friday of this week. Full details of
the offerings will be found in a two
page advertisement appearing in this
issue of The Star.
The sale is a summer season clean
up of the big stock, and many out- j
standing values are offered. It is a I
big stock that is marked down, and
buyers should find many offerings
which will afford them keen interest.
Announcement is made that the sale
is a store-wide cut.
Talk may he cheap, but cheap
things don't pay.
Marriage isn’t a failure but lots of
the folks who get married are.
Keep looking upward and you will
see that the sky is the limit.
The surest way to get out of tune
is to blow your own horn incessantly.
Truth crushed to earth will rise
again, but pedestrians are not truth.
What most women like is a strong
man of steel whom they can bend at
THEY GO SOIITH: ITS
Marriage Licenses Fall Down As
Cost Goes Cp In N. Bnt
Squire Gets One S. ('. Couple
A young lady from South Carolina
came up to Shelby last week and got
married. But that is the exception.
The rule is, the road to matrimonial
romance leads the other way.
In other words, Shelby as a Gretna
Green, is losing prestige.
Squire Eskridge, who married the
couple, will answer the question. He
says up until the sad day when the
Sovereign State of North Carolina
increased the marriage license fee
from three dollars to five, Shelby
w’as quite a romantic center. They
.came from far and near to be united
here, under the elms and the oaks in
the holy bonds of matrimony.
But the difference between three
dollars and five—plus the two dollars
for the physical examination—that
more or less put Shelby out of the
The facts back of the Shelby popu
larity as a Gretna Green are these.
Once, in the good old days, before we
became a law ridden nation, a couple
could be married for three dollars.
Then a legislature of exceeding vir
tue assembled in Raleigh and passed
a law making a physical examination
before the ceremony compulsory.
Yes, romance got a kick in th"
slats, and came up a little short of
breath, but that is neither here nor
As doctors usually charge a dollar
apiece to make the physical “examina
tion” the matrimonial cost mounted
?o five dollars.
Then the last honorablo legislature
to further run Cupid off the North
Carolina bailiwick, clapped an extra
two dollars on the marriage license
fee. So that in this good day here
and now it will cost you seven bucks
to lead her to the altar, or up broad
side to a squire’s desk, plus the
gratuity to the presiding officer.
Say n little matter of nine or ten
But down in South K’lina vou con
get married for two fifty, plus the
perquisite. Which is some difference,
difference enough to tell in the scale
against Shelby considerably. •
The marriage license clerk. Regis
ter of Deeds R. Lee W'eathers, con
firmed Squire Eskridge’s statement
that marriage licenses have fallen
off no little here in the past year or
“Yes," said Mr. Weathers, “I can
say4the issuance of licenses has drop
ed off considerably."
Squire Eskridge had placed the f"ll
from grace in the opinion of would
be swains at from two-thirds to three
The couple Squire Eskridge mar
ried. by the wav. were D. F. Moore,
of Albemarle and Miss Lorine Camp,
Unable To Give As Much Time As
Position Required—Served a
Mr. George Blanton, director for
this district for the past year of the
North Carolina Cotton Growers Co
operative association, has tendered
his resignation, the same having been
accepted by the members of the
board meeting in Raleigh last week.
Mr. Blanton finds it impossible to at
tend all of the meetings which are
held in Raleigh, the distance from
Shelby to Raleigh being a two
night and a day trip. The other mem
bers of the board fully appreciated
the difficulty with which Mr. Blanton
attended the meetings in the face of
his heavier duties at the First Nat
Mr. Blanton is one of the largest
cotton farmers in Western Carolina
and has given much of his time and
talent to the direction of the affairs
of the cotton growers association for
the _past year or more, but because
of the increased burdens of his local
affairs and the further reason that
he could not attend all, of the meet
ings, he has seen fit to resign. Mr.
U. B. Blalock, general manager of
the association, in notifying him of
the board’s action is accepting his
resignation, expresses warm apprec
iation for his services in the past.
The grade crossings are still tak
ing their daily toll of both high and
low grade people.
It is sad, indeed, that congress ad
journed before passing a law to re
lieve the heat wave.
Some of the curious seem determin
ed to see how fasi they can drivs
without being killed.
Pioneer of Red River Trail
—Nl*'a. Chicago Huroa’i
;v.n>ol*-on lla./vlvn. l^itclliff Manitoba, wa.« easily the most picturesque
,n hold recently for he was .. regular driver
. (he Ked river trail «0 years ago Ills father Pete, llavden opened
tile ni'st northern trail along the river Napoleon still has the’curt he used
•,o drive, with its original set of bull hide tires
County Hoard, of Education Wifi Call
Special Meeting to Consider
The Matter of Trucks
A special meeting will be called
within a few days by the county board
of education to consider the important
matter of school trucks . Requests
came in from Fallston, Grover and
other districts for new trucks at the
monthly meeting of the board of edu.
cation Monday, but the members de
ferred any action until a special meet
ing can be held. With consolidation
going on all over the county and the
opening date for ■ ichools drawing
close at hand, the board finds the
transportation of the pupils another
h;g subject which demands attention.
Some school routes must be changed,
some trucks shifted from one district
to another and a few new trucks
bought to meet the situation.
An election was authorized to be
held in the Padgett school district at
an early date to vote on splitting the
district and consolidating with
Mooresboro and I.attimore districts.
L. T. Turner and Velus Ivester re
signed as school committeemen of
White’s district and .1. C. Walker and
Andy Proctor were appointed in their
stead. John F. Borders who resigned
in the Earl district is. succeeded by J.
The boundary line between Cedar
Grove and Earl was established at the
Monday meeting, the records having
been destroyed bv fire.
The bid of R. F. Ellis of $302 for
the old fellis school house was accept
ed but action was deferred in the mat
ter of the sale of the Mount Zion
school property for another month.
The colored people who own Doug
hs Aeadernv tendered the property to
the county for use as a colored school
but the board has not acted on this
It was voted to help build a gar
age to house 'school trucks at Latti
more and • place a new roof on the
Philheck school house.
In County Improve
Hr. Ren Gold, county physician, out.
this we»k from an operation for ap
pendicitis, told The Star Wednesday
that although there are four cases of
typhoid fever in the county, general
ly speaking there is less sickness due
to contagious diseases than is usual
ly the case.
In other words. Dr. Gold said, the
county is sitting pretty with relation
to the heahh of the people.
Of the four cases of typhoid two
are reported from the Ora Mills dis
trict. and two from Fallston.
Dr. Harbison, of the Shelby hospi
tal. told The Star that his impression
is there is less sickness in the cour
tv than is generally the case, ‘I
should say,” Dr. Harbison said, “that
from my observation, the health of
the county is better than last summer,
and very commendably good.”
The hospital physician said how
ever that the accident eases at his
institution, like the proverbial brook,
go on more or less the same.
Loud bathing suits cause many
men at the summer resorts to lose
Some men aspire to wealth so that
they can have several homes to stay
Drought Cut Receipt*, While Rain In
creased Them and July Shows
(Jain Over Last July
Who knows more about business
conditions than any man in town?
Answer—Your Uncle Samuel.
Meaning: exactly in this case the head
of the Shelby postoffice—J. H. Quinn.
Mr. Quinn asserts, and proves it, that
the institution over which he presides
is the best barometer of business in
W hen the magic wand of prosperity
hits the town—bing! the bell rings in
the poatoffice. Receipts go up; busi
ness quickens; the pulse beats faster.
And correspondingly, when the clouds
gather, the drop in the composite
business temperature is registered
first at Uncle Sam’s emporium.
The late lamented drought aa
an example. It was a good example.
Nobody knew exactly how badly it j
hurt business. Folks had an idea here!
and there what was doing, and of |
course every man knew the states of
his own affairs. But collectively the
result was a guess.
But this happened, according to
Mr. Quinn. The first half of the month
receipt* fell off in the postoffice until
one section of the office failed to meet
expenses by $227.00. The barometer
fell and fell, and the future looked
black. The niTHdle of June came and
it rained—you remember! That show
er caused a change for the better at
one, as a sick patient rallies before
The barometer began to rise and
rose so speedily that before the er.d
of the month, receipts were such as
to pay back the shortage, and pro
duce a surplus. And July showed a
gain over July a year ago.
False Rumor Was
Cause of Bank Run
W. E. Moore, of the Bank of Clear-,
water, Florida, is a visitor to Shelb.v. |
Mr. Moore was asked by The Star as :
to the meaning of the series of bark !
failures and hank runs in the play- j
He said: “Thirteen banks have fail
ed in the state. Of these five belonged
to the Georgia group, and five of
the remaining eight were less than
two years old.”
The bank runs, reported in a num
ber of sections of Florida, were due,
Mr. Moore said, to rumors. He told as
an example of this what hapened in
Brooksville.“ An old woman" he said,
‘‘went to the Brooksville bank early
in the morning, tried the door and
couldn’t get in because it was before
nine o’clock, and saw on the door a
sign which read: ‘Bank Closed; Will
Open at Nine A. M.’ ”
“Her eyes fell on the word ‘Closed’
and didn’t go any further, and she
went out and spread the report broad
cast that the bank had shut its doors.
There was a big run on the institution,
but money brought in from Tampa
“That is an illustration of what has
been going on,” the banker said.
Mr. Moore was introduced to lead
ing business men of Shelby by J. C.
Newton, secretary of the chamber of
Isn’t it strange how people with
less sense than we have seem to get
along much better ?
Feminine Styles Leading
Women On Road To Hell
Blessed With Fine
Fruit In County^
Cleveland county in blessed this
year with the greatest fruit yield in
recent history, according to George
Blanton, of the First National Bank,
who in addition to being a banker is
a farmer, and keeps in touch with
"'The people are blessed this year
with the finest* fruit yield I ever saw
here," said Mr. Blanton, talking to
The Star. "Fverywhere you go the i
fruit trees are loaded. There are not
hogs enough to clean up the droppage
from the apple and the peach trees
"And the other crops are unusual
ly good. Cotton has improved marvel
ously in the past three weeks. The |
plants are not only growing, but
putting on fruit rapidly, and the pros
pect is good for a big yield.”
Two Story Brick Structure With
90,000 Square Feet of Floor
Spare I'nder Way
Twenty car loads of brick, two cars
of lime, one car of cement and one
car of structural steel are now being
placed on the grounds at Fallston for
the erection of The Stamey company’s
new Store building, to be erected by
them on their lot where their ware
houses were burned about a year ago.
The foundation of this large build
ing is now being laid and the masons
will begin laying brick in a few
This wil lbe one of the largest apj
most modern store buildings in this
section, being 70x110 feet ami two
story, with a 70x50 feet mezzanine
floor giving them in all nineteen
thousand square feet of floor space.
The building is to be modern in
every respect with plate glass front,
hardwood floors, electric elevators,
electric lights, water and sewerage,
fireproof built-in brick vault for safe
keening of all papers, etc.
This store will be fitted with floor
show cases, modern cabinfets and the
most convenient fixtures.
The Stamey company is one of the
oldest and must successful mercan
tile firms in Cleveland county, estab
lished by Clarence and Tom Stamey
some thirty mid years ago. It serves a
wide territory embracing upper
Cleveland and contiguous counties and
enjoys one of the largest patronages
of any store in this entire section.
Dr. J. Henry Highsmith. state
high school inspector, will be in Shel-1
by Saturday morning for a confer
ence with the high school principals
of the county schools. He will dis
cuss the reorganization of high
schools, and all principals are ex
pected to be present. The meeting is
to be held in the office of the county
superintendent at 9:30 A. M. Dr.
Highsmith, as the leader in the move \
to standardize high schools of the
state, will doubtless bring a valuable
message to the county, and his abil
ity as a highly interesting and en
tertaining speaker is well known.
The Altar Of Speed
Every day affords a new lesson on
the danger of speeding, because the
newspapers tell the stories of suffer
ing that carelessness, recklessness
an unwarranted speed cause. Every
day life that might have been save:!
is snuffed out or made hopeless by
injuries which produce cripples.
The terrible toll of speed never
seems so real as when it exacts its
pay among those you know—striker
down friends and acquaintances. Fat-,
al accidents are so common that we I
are likely to read them in a detach- -
ed way. but when they come close to
home, like that horrible affair near
Gastonia Sunday afternoon when five
young women from Bessemer City
were killed and another fatally hurt,
they have entirely different signifi-,
Only then is it possible to realize
the meaning of an appeal for more,
care and less reckless abandon in th«
use of automobiles. Only then is it
possible to understand what it means
for death to invade a home and take
a life that might as well have been j
Laws seem to have little effect in
curbing needless speed. Perhaps les
sons such as the people of every com -1
munity have sooner or later may i
serve a good purpose.
Rev. J. Black condemns Joy Riding.
Short Dresses, Movies Swimming
Parties, Sabbath Desecration
“The tendency of today’s morals is
downward,, and the women are res
ponsible for it,” declared Rev. C. J.
Black, of Kings Mountain, in an ad
dress to the Ministers and Workers
Conference of the Baptist Churches
of Kings Mountain, meeting in the
church here Monday afternoon. “In
Charlotte they have appointed a po
liceman to make the women wear
enough clothes to church; in New
York they have passed a law requir
ing women upon the public streets to
wear eight ounces—not pounds—of
clothes. Drenchers in the pulpits of
our churches are actually afraid to
look at the women of today, for their
dresses can't cover their knees, and
the garments worn by them can be
crumpled up in your hand and stuck
in your pocket."
Headed For Hell
Mr. Blacks nddresss was a fiery in
dictment of the morals and customs
of the new (feneration, blaming the
pastors for not speaking out more
freely in their pulpits, and expressing
their opinion of the indecent exposure
made possible by feminine styles of
today. He placed the blame for much
of the immoral wave that is sweep
ing the country upon the motion pic
tures, the dance, and the automobile.
He continued: "My blood has been
hot upon this subject for a long time.
The habit of excessive exposure of
their persons has destroyed the mo
desty of our women, and as a conse
quence they are headed straight for
hell, dragging their brothers with
them. For when our women lose all
their sense of restraint, what can you
expect of the men? As long as they
can gratify their desires safely they
will do it, and the modern dance is
fowling the flame of that desire, as
well as the habit of mixed bathing
and the easy accessibility of automo
“It rests with the preachers to stop
these shameful abuses—they’ve got
stop promiscuous Sunday riding,
swimming pool parties with single
men a;id married women, and vice
versa, and the dancing among our
church members. The fight is with
us and we must ‘quit ourselves like
men.’ Our civilization rests with the
church of God. for if you take our re
ligion away, where are we? The
Bible says: ‘Because lawlessness shall
abide, the love of many shall wax
cold.’ We may not be able to stop all
of it entirely, but like the man with
the calf by the tail, we can at least
‘slow it up.’
“It would be just as easy for mv
John Henry at home to run up hill
without gasoline, as for a woman of
today’s type to go to heaven,’ declar
ed Rev. John W. Suttle in comment
ing upon Mr. Blacks address. Others
of the gathering were highly lauda
tory. commending the speaker for his
frank treatment of the problems con
fronting the church.
Want Sabbath Observance
Mr. Black’s impassioned address
followed upon the heels of a report
presented to the gathering by a com
mittee composed of Dr. Wall, ReVs.
I.ove and Black, in which they advo
cated more complete Sunday observ
ance laws in the state. It was moved
and carried that the representatives
to the next legislature should be ask
ed to prohibit the sale of gas and oil
on Sunday, as well as the sale of cold
drinks, etc., stop all Sunday golf
baseball, and other athletics, close the
swimming pools on the Lord’s Day,
and prohibit the sale of any immoral
article at all times. It is understood
that H. T. Fulton, recently elected
in this county is strongly behind the
Rev. Mr. Padgett put forth a plan ♦
bv which all the Baptist congrega
tions of the county should meet at
some time, preferably the Thursday
before the last Sunday in August, at
the Fair Grounds, for the purpose of
discussing church problems, hearing
a few good speakers, and ending in a
basket-lunch picnic in one of the
buildings on the grounds. The meet
ing was very enthusiastic over his
suggestion, and committees were ap
Dointed at once to start the ball roll
One rather sensational bit of news
developed in the course of the session,
which was that Wake Forest was to
get none of the Baptist Unified Pro
gram appropriations for this year.
Mr. Black made it clear that this was
not because of any dissatisfaction at
the policy of the college, but rather
due to a lack of funds, as the Mere
dith bonds had taken the entire edu
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eubanks, Misses
Carrie Mae, Lillian and Newton Eu
banks, of Aiken. S. C., Mrs. Wm.
Griffin and Miss Lucille Smith, of
Trenton, S. C., are visiting Mr. and
Mrs. R. E. Carpenter on S. LaFay