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VOL. XXXIV, No. 102
THE CLEVELAND STAR, SHELBY, N. C.
WEDNESDAY. AUG. 25, 1926.Published Monday, Wednesday and * Friday Afternoons. ®y mai1.’ per year (i,n advance). $2.60
_ J by carrier, per year (in advance) $3.00
Secretary Expects Between 70,000
And 80,000 People For Week
Governor Angus W. McLean will
op'-n the big Cleveland county fair in
S' ntember, and Dr. J. S. Dorton, fair
secretary, is expecting the largest
crowd ever for the farm event. Those
are the highlights of the coming
county fair, the county’s biggest event
of the year.
The opening day, Tuesday, Septem
ber 28, and the closing day, Saturdav,
October 2, are naturally expected to
he the two hig days of the fair, but
a program of the five days, tempor
arily outlined, indicates that every
day of the five will be packet: w:*.i
entertainment and information for the
thousands of visitors expected for one
of the South’s greatest county fairs.
Latest word from Governor McLean
is that he will attend unless something
nntorseen comes up and for the bene
fit of the womanhood of the county
it should be added that Mrs. McLean,
first lady of the State, has also bee
invited to spend the opening day here
Governor McLean will formally open
tin- fair at 10 o’clock in the mornim.
following the big float parade. Indi
cations are that there will be many
floats in the parade, which will beg*n
in Shelby and wend its way to the
fair grounds. The floats will inclue. (
business, mill, church, dub and irid*
vidual assemblies and is expected to
be one of the colorful events of the
Following the formal opening then,
will be an address by Dr. Plato Dur
ham, native of the county who hat
attained fame. The short address
will be a part of the program in co>.
motion with “Homecoming Week,’*
which is being staged during the fair
Exhibits and Shows
Practically every section and com
munity of the county has signified its
intention of having an exhibit at the
exposition and the exhibit halls prom
ise to be completely filled with th *
best array of prepared booths yet.
Thousands who attended the su-_
n ssful fair last year will be pleased
to learn that Dr. Dorton has definitelv
closed the contract whereby the fa
mous Nat Reiss shows will return
for the fair. The Shows presented
here last year for the first time met
with the hearty approval of the com
fy citizenship because of their dean’.'
ness and high-class entertainment.
Races Every Dry
The regular races will be staged on
the race track with numerous side
attraction races. Wednesday the to
' •■il mule races—promising to he qute
humorous—is booked- Thursday the
annual horse show, one of the our
landing events, will be held. The 1 >
cal running horse races will he held
<oi Friday and several entries for these
races have already been made. On
Saturday the pony and local driving
races will come off. The regular
tares will include two races durinp
each afternoon and fair officials are
lining up a fast bunch of entries for
the event, which is to open the Caro
Tina racing season. The usual fire
works will he put on each night.
Wednesday ar.d Thursdav, Mr.
Wharton, manager of the big Rey
nolds farm at Winston-Salem, wifi
judge all the livestock exhibits am*
give livestock demonstrations. There
will he several days of poultry demon
stration, judging and culling under
the direction of Prof. Oliver, of State
< 'allege. Prof. Samms, also of State
( ollege, will give demonstrations on
handling live bees.
Secretary Dorton announces that it
complete fair program, giving tin
• vents as they will come off, will be
issued in a few weeks. Workmen arc
daily engaged now in preparing and
enlarging the fair grounds ami a re
cent Southern fair official visiting the
grounds termed them the best equip
I ' d in the South. Considering crops,
evhibits and programs planned ar.d
the wide interest being shown simp
'he fame of the fair has spread Dr.
Dorton is estimating on handing be
Iween 70,000 and 80,000 people during
the five davs and nights. The narking
space has been increased considerably
and the entrance gates so arranged
that no matter how largo the crowds
there will be little confusion about
the several entrances.
rocky mount boys on
RETURN FROM MOUNTAINS
Thirty six Rocky Mount bo--s, head
hy J. E. Calhoun and Dr. Yarboro,
’’used through Shelby yesterday re
turning home after ten days spent in
the mountains on a camping trio. The
h'*ys were a't in high soiri-s and had
the time of their young lives, seeing
‘ ights they had never seen before and
having new experiences. They were
’raveling in a large yellow bus and
on a narrow mountain road the road
way slipped from under them and the
bus narrowly escaped turning over.
“Mighty Glad to See You’re Back”
low on that si
\ fcuU)« CK the <
—NKA. Log Angelos Bureau
—It's a beautiful hack ronier-t held nt Los Angelos. Gowns this winter, it Is said, will bo very
■lo, but hundreds of r.<:' . -I<-.1 there was no use in waiting until then *a show their shoulders,
iMi-stunt :> ; n «.u: Miss Vivian de italic, the winner, or. the extreme left.
Citizens Eager To Contribute To Suitable
Memorial Slab For Dead Of World War
Star’s Campaign For War Memorial Immediate
ly Answered. Leading Citizens Start
Movement Off Well.
The World War dead of Cleveland county, the boys whose names j
art now publicly written on nothing else than a plain white board j
will ere long have erected to their memory a suitable bronze slab
on the court square. That’s the sentiment already expressed by !
leading citizens following The Star’s appeal for public contribu
tions with which to erect such a memorial.
Hardly had Monday's issue of The
Star reached the streets carving a
suggestion for financing such a mem-,
oria! when readers began indicating
that they would gladly contribute to
the memorial fund.
About fifteen minutes after the
complete issue Win, Lineberger, prom
inent banker and business man. hean
ed the contributors with S10. In the
brief period that has elapsed the
fund has increased considerably aim
without any canvass whatsoever it
now appears that enough money to
purchase and erect a suitable memoi
ial will be forthcoming in a short,
Each issue until it is thought that
a suitable sum has been raised The
Star will carry the following list fund:
THE STAR’S CAMPAIGN FOR
MEMORIAE TO WORLD
Star Publishing Co. _S1 <>
Wm. Lineberger ___— 10
Chas. C. Blanton _ 10
I). Z. Newton ____— 3
B. T. Calls _...._ :»
Clyde R. Hoey _10
J. F>. T.ineberger _ 0
With only one appeal appearing ini
one issue of The Star $00 has been
raised. The next issue, and the follow
ing ones should contain contributions
from all sections of the county and
from il! walks in life. The boys who,
gave their all came from n oone sta-i
tion; some were sons of farmers,!
others sons of business and profession
al men. They marched away shouldoi
to shoulder, and died side by side—,
comrades all fighting a common eaur.*»
for the peace and future of their i
country and yours. That's just one o?|
the many reasons why contributions
to the fund should come from all sec
lions. Out in some rural communiH
there may he a mother, still wearing
black for the boy who didn’t return,
and it will mean just as much, ard
more to the spirit of the thing, that
her dollar or half dollar helps make
the memorial possible. Think of her
feeling towards the movement; noth- j
ing could please her more than know
ing that she did something to carry
rhe memory of her fallen son on down
to th<> coming generations. Perhaps
his grandfather remained at Sevei
Pines, or some other Civil War battle.
To the heroes of that war there is a
memorial on the court square—the
stately monument, “I-est We Forget,
looking to the west and the setting
Who for a minute thought that
Cleveland county could neglect the
memory of their fallen sons in the
world’s greatest war—the doughboys
fer whom nothing was too good in ’17.
In 1919 when the present white
board was erected you said it was onlv
temporary, that a lasting one would
take it’s place .DID YOU MEAN IT?
They were your boys, your neigh
bors hoys. By relation or friendship
some hoy among the fallen was con
nected with every one of the 11 town
ships in Cleveland county with every
town, and some one of the boys was
known in practically every home in
When, the news came hack that
those hoys were killed and died there
was a tinge of sadness, then a thr'l.
of pride with the report “They died
as soldiers die.’ Has that pride died?
Small Sums Help
Every contribution to the fund need
not be as much as $5 or $10. It’s th. !
small sums that count, many con
tributions, cheerfully made and re
presenting the spirit of the county, j
not just that of a few folks. Besides
fathers ami mothers, proud parents 01 j
warrior sons, there are boys and girls !
clubs, organizations, business firms,
and many individuals who should we’
come the opportunity to do their bit.
It’s the quarter, halves and dollars
-that should make the memorial a 1
reality. Will you send in yours?
For All Service Men
The memorial as planned will n «
only carry the names of those who
gave their all, but will also honor the :
memory and service of those who serv
ed so gallantly and returned. Across
(Continued to page 7)
WHAT’S THE NEWS?
The government cotton report
has materially changed the cot
ton outlook. A complete cotton
crop story may be found in to
While Cleveland county people
watched the Speedway races
from the stands at Charlotte Mon
day a Cleveland county man- wa
using his trigger finger with se,
ious consequences nearby. Read
about it in today’s Star.
And another thing: “Red”'
James writes the “ads” for The
Star. If you dont read them you
may miss something. Then you
know the merchants always have
something to tell about or James
would have nothing to write.
Sometimes the best news for the
shopper may be found in Star
Charlie Ross—remember hi?
Sure, you do-—may come to Shel
by to live. You know when a
golfer becomes famous he usual
ly moves to Atlanta. Shelby can’t
get the golfers, but Ross, being
famous, has been invited here by
the Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Farmer you’ll be interested
in an article today saying that in
the years to come you may turn
the rain on and otf as liglus are
turned on and off now. Speaking
of crops, we should have a good
season then in Cleveland. Reao
Stephens story in The Star today.
Did you have a son, brother
relative or friend who gave his
all in France? If so, read in
today’s Star how you may give
something to honor his memory
A lot of folks travel in- and out
of Shelby daily. lyeep abreast
with the coming and going by
reading the “Personal” columns
in The Star.
Yes, of course, if you’ve miss
ed your castor oil this week or
haven’t had a note fall due, why
worry? There’s “Around Our
Read The Star carefully from
page to pa6e and gossip will be
no more. You'll know the news
without leaning over the hacit
Don’t Brood! Cheer
Up! Life Could Be
Considerably Harder !
Out at the poor house or county ,
home, to be more respectful to the o!« '
folks—the place that Cabaniss calls j
the End of the Road—is a man burden j
ed with three overwhelming calami- I
ties—any one of which would weigh 1
the average man down into perditioi . ‘
In the first place he is in the poor
That’s bad enoughs but—
He also has cancer; and a bad case
And again —
He is blind; has been sightless for !
Buck Hardin, who visited iiim last
week, says in spite of all he is cheer- j
ful; and apparently enjoys life.
As s’ id before, cheer up! You
probably have light much to be thank- '
ful for, after all.
Man Who Shot Wife
May Be Given Bond
Byers Arrested Monday After Shout
ing by Runyans. Wife Will Not
Likely Lose Eye
Horace Byers, colored, who emptied
a shotgun at his wife onday morn- j
ing near their home in the Patterson j
Springs section, will likely be re- I
leased under bond today or tomorrow
according to county court officials as j
the condition of his wife does not
promise to be serious.
Byers was arrested only a few hours
after the shooting and had not dc
parted for South Carolina as was re- j
ported in Shelby. The arrest was made \
by Deputy Jerry Runyans, who
brought Byers to the coanty jail.
The woman was brought to Shelby j
for further treatment Tuesday and as i
one shot entered her head jusi above
her eye she was examined by Dr.
Tom Gold, eye specialist. Dr. Gold i
states that the single shot did no*
penetrate the ball and that although
the eye is still considerably swollen
that she will not likd^ lose her sight
that eye. Other portions of her fac<,
and b:ea t struck by several scatter
ed shots are improving and are not
De Luxe Cafe Here
V- C. Peeler ami Taul Blanton or.
yesterday purchased the De Luxe Cafe :
rex i door to the Webb Theatre from ■
B. R. and E. L. Whisnant who eanu !
here from Hickory about six mont:>, |
ago and established this eating house j
which has become quite popular. Me.
sre. Peeler and Blanton are both pop
ular young men who took charge this
morning and will continue the opera
lion of the eating house at the sanu
stand. Mr. Peeler has been a sales
man at Efird’s Department store,
while Mr. Blanton has been one of
the bus drivers for the Shelby-Chai
lotte Bus line. The Whisnant boys
have not announced what line of work
they will take up. They have a splen
did patronage and a high reputation
which Peeler and Blanton will main
tain in every respect.
—Beam Reunion—Everything is in !
readiness for the Beam Reunion to he j
held Thursday, August 26th, at the1
old homestead of John Teeter Beam,
near Prospect church. Several then
sand Beams and their relatives are
expected to attend this all-day gathet- J
Banker Offers Novel Plan To Brins
Prosperity. Do You lleally Work
A Shelby hanker came into The
Star office Monday took a sent, re
marked eotm ntioiUllly about the
weather and the cotton crop, and then
came cut with this:
"I have an idea, Suffgeftt that every
body in Cleveland county resolve t->
get up tomorrow morning and go to
work, and work' for a year, every week
day in the year, and see what happens.
“1 am serious," the visitor went on-.
"It is a great idea, that would have no
less an effect than to make this coun
ty one of the richest spots on the
face of the earth.
"Now, understand me, 1 mean that
everybody work and work hard, and
pay no attentiion to anything but re
suits. As conditions exist now, fen
people really work. 1 mean few really
work up to their rapacity, or anywhere
near it. The average man is not u»
ing half his energy hardly a third of
“The average man leafs—idles away
more than half his time. And when he j
does work works half heartedly. with
his eye on the clock, and thinking ot
what he will do to have a good time
when he gets through.”
Me paused, shifted- his avoirdupois
on the rather hard chair, and went on.
“You want to know a fact ? Tin
difference in peonle's circumstances
is largely iust that—that those who
work—really work, get ahead, and
they are just as far ahead of the aver
age a« their effort is more lasting and
That is a far more interesting
thought than appears on the face ol
it. Think it over. It is worth son.
thought and then some more, Take
your own personal case. How much
honest-to-good ness mental effort do
you give your job? Glance back over
your mental operations and try to
check up and see just how idle atvl
useless much of your so-called thought
is. Most thinking—notwithstanding
our boasted efficiency—is aimlessl dti
ectionless—just the idle thoughts of a
more or less idle fellow.
Once—and this.actually hanpened
wo observed a Shelby man (ami you
all know him) standing by an auto
mobile, his foot on the running board,
npnarentv absorbed in thought.
The writer walked up to him ami
said: “Now, tell me the honest, flat
truih, what were you thinking about?”
He replied: “I was thinking about
a widow I know down in Charlotte,
and whether I should get in my eu.
and go and spend the afternoon witn
her. or go out to my farm.”
Wuhout cracking a smile he went
on: “And I had about concluded, when
you came up. to go to see the widow.
That man was honest; he told the
truth. He did not go to see the win
ow that afternoon, hut that is one
picture illustrating the sort of think
ing we do—most of the time.
What would happen if we all put
our minds to the job more or less
twelve hours of the twenty-four?
A local philosopher, to whom we
mentioned the subject, predicted that
in a few months there would he such
over-production in this country that
would bring stagnation and hard
— NKA. Cleveland Ilureau
Uouis Maier. who I* < hnrged with
the murder of Don It. MrUett. etu
junlinc eilitor of Canton. O. M.iier is
[tieUeved to have l>een only one of
many underworld characters UBPU' |
outed In the crime.
C. Of C. Invites
Charlie Ross To
Live In Shelby
One of the present day assets of a
chamber of commerce is to bring inn#
the towns in which they operate pis.
pie of fame.
In the list of commerce bodies opet
atinsr thusly add the name of the Shel
by chamber of commerce and its se»
retary, J. Clint Newton.
The personage invited by the body
officially to make his home in Shelby
is none other than Charlie Ross, known
as Julius Dellinger prior to The Star's
original tip that he might be the long. I
lost Pennsylvania boy.
Secretary Newton this week for
warded a letter to Ross, whose home
at Denver was recently destroyed by
fire, extending him a cordial invite,
tion to come to Shelby and make his
home. With the invitation was the
commerce secretary’s promise to do
whatever he could in securing a job
here for the man who attained the !
nutional limelight when he announc
ed himself as Charlie Ross. Yesterday
Mr. Newton drifted about town serv
ing what might be suitable employ
ment for the aged wandered, who is
perhaps the solution to one of the na
tion’s greatest mysteries. Ross is an
exert at several trades, being ( special
ly skilled in wood work and it is pos
sible that if he decides to live in “The
City of Springs’’ that he may be con
nected with some local woodworking
plant or lumber firm. Needless to say,
the Denver man’s connection with
most any firm would be top-notch ad
times for a decade.
Yes. and listen: ■
Our banker friend admits he has
worked less these past twelve months
than for many years—has relaxed,
taken up horseback riding, and has
gone in generally for the lighter side
And has enjoyed living more that,
he has any time these late years.
And there you are.
Cotton Farmers Happy Over
Government Cotton Reports\
Raleigh-—Prosperity apparently 1
dug a new toe hold in North Carolina
this week with the United States de
partment of agriculture report of an
estimated Tar Heel cotton yield of*
nearly lit per cent above the national
average and the violent upturn of
prices on the New York and New Or- >
leans exchanges following publication
of ihe government predictions.
The report that sent prices soaring
$3.50 a bale in New York this morn
ing was distinctly favorable to
North Carolina, despite the fact that
continued dry weather in the stats
has given a pessimistic tenor to early
crop conditions. The official govern
ment figures give the condition as
6:1.5 per cent of a normal yield anti
that of the North Carolina crop as
73 per cent of normal.
The condition of the crop in the
state was represented as having im
proved three per cent since August t,
and indicates a yield of 265 pounds an
Million Bales Off
A total United States crop of lb,
248,000 hales of 500 pounds each was
indicated from the 48.898,000 acres
under cultivation on .Tune 25, 1926.
This is nearly a million hales less than
the 16,103,679 .bales produced in 1925.
The report of'the North Carolina
co-operative crop reporting service,
prepared by \V. H. Rhodes, Jr., assoc
iate statistician, declares that the I
crop this year will be distinctly late—;
anywhere from 15 to 25 days.
states that further damage may he ]
expected from the weather, especially
if the summer drought continues. The 1
estimate declares that 1 1-2 inches o! I
rain are now needed throughout th* |
Boll Weevil Absent
Absence of boll weevils has been!
noticeable this year, it was declared. I
This was attributed to the hot weath
er, which, it was stated, was probabiy
too much for the young weevils ana !
killed them in infancy. The prediction j
was that no material damage was to
be expected from insects this year.
The report further stated that tl«
abandonment of planted acreage was
very small this season. Prior to the
June 21st rains, there was some, but
since then weather conditions have m*
been such as to cause abandonment, it
The North Carolina yield percentage
will be exceeded in the southern belt
only by Missouri, with 74 per cent, ac
cording to predictions in the federal
report. South Carolina and Georgia
stood the lowest with only 53 and 56
per cent respectively.
The western cotton raising states
showed universally high percentages,
California showing 94, and Lower Cai
ifornia 95 per cent.
Merchant of Thin County Mysteriously
Shoots Man At Charlotte
C. O. (Champion, 22-year-old man
of Mooresboro, this county, who shot
G. K. Gibson of Gibson, nt the Char
lotte Speedway races Monday, hints
at a mysterious reason for the shoot
ing according to the latest dispatches
from Charlotte. Champion is in jail
there and Gibson is undergoing treat
ment at the Presbyterian hospital.
Several ideas and many rumors re
garding the shooting and the motive
for it have been advanced. However,
it might he stated that Champion, who
is a member of a highly respected
family of western Cleveland, that h*
was drinking at the time and undoubt
edlv was not in a normal frame 01
mind. It is understood that he has
undergone treatment at a sanitarium
for a condition brought on by drins.
Gibson will probably recover, Char
lotte surgeons say, although his
wounds are considered serious.
For some reason Champion’s name
in press dispatches from the Queen
City has been given as Chapman. The
exact reason for this has not been
Startled Race Crowd
The Charlotte News of yesterday
afternoon says of the shooting:
An element of mystery entered into
the shooting affair, which eleetrifleu
the Speedway crowd Monday after
noon. when C. O. Champion 22-yea!
old Mooresboro merchant, awakening
to a normal condition in the Mecklen
burg County jail repudiated Tuesday
his alleged statement that family
troubles inspired the shot, but hinten
that other motives would be disclosed
G. K. Gibson, of Gibson, lay in a
local hospital with a bullet lodged in
his abdomen, fighting for his life. The
doctors said he had a chance of re
Hopes Gibson Liven
“I hope with all my heart that he
lives,” Champion said in his jail cell,
Tuesday. "I don’t want murder on
•‘It wouldn’t be murder,’ he said
later. “Everybody would understand
how it was, if they knew the whole
story. I’ll tell all about it when the
Champion wore the same shirt he
had on at the time of the shooting.
On the left side, just above the bell,
was a blackened hole, as if the revoi
ver had been fired from beneath the
garment. “I must have shot with my
pistol under my shirt,” he said.
Eye witnesses said that Champion
and Gibson were watching each other
closely and silently for some minutes
before the shooting. Gibson and a
male companion were said to be drink
ing soda water at the time of the
Champion immediately left the
scene, but Deputy Sheriff Avery b.
Johnston who was sitting in a cat
about fib yards away, without hearing
the muffled shot, saw Champion’s re
volver in his hand as he left and mado
the arrest without knowing of the
« iremenoous crowa garnered ai •
most instantly. A number of rural *•
police officers soon arrived and assist* »
ed Deputy Johnston and Deputy L. L. ,
Chenshaw in Retting Champion into m
car and rushing him to the city.
Prefers Two Charges
Two warrants were lodged against
Champion at rural police headquar
ters, one charging him with bein£
drunk and the other with assault with
a deadly weapon.
The prisoner said that he was 22
years old, and a merchant in Moores
boro. He said he had been drinking,
otherwise the shot would not have
been fired. The officers had informa
tion that he had twice taken the liquor
cure and was inclined to. be violent!
when drinking. He refused to divulge
his name until Monday night. When
he cave his name he asserted that he
had not told a police officer that Gib
son’s relations with Champion’s wife
caused him to shoot.
Attaches at the Presbyterian Hos
pital expressed the opinion Tuesday
that Gibson probably will recower.
He was seriously wounded and was
running a fever, but this was attribu
ted largely to the effect of the opera
tion Monday night, when the bullet
was removed from his body. Gibson
was shot in the abdomen but his in
testines were not perforated, it wag
On September Fourth
The annual Piedmont alumni pic
nic will be held at Piedmont, Septem
ber fourth. (An all day event.) The
annual banquet was discontinued last
spring, and this is the big alumni
event of the year.
A parent-teacher association will
be organized coincident with th*4