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SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY SEPT. 27, 1926. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
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Tomorrow is the day. All roads
lead to the Cleveland county fair.
* * *
Stories of terrible suffering,
ruined homes and of death are* be
og brought back from Florida by
Cleveland county people returning
from the “land of Flowers” that is
now a land of grief. Several inci
dents related by Cleveland folk?
who were there are in todays
* * •
One of the pride spots Shelby
points out to visitors is the Ma
sonic temple. Friday evening, a
news i.em stater., the builders of
the temple had a great got-to
* *
One of the greatest racing
events ever staged in the two
Carolinas seems to be the bill of
the week at the Cleveland county
fair. Every stall is filled with
racers and more are arriving.
• • •
Friday, says an article in The
Star, I.a'timore staged one of the
best community fairs in the his.
tory of the county and the prize
winners are coming to the county
fair seeking more ribbons.
* * *
Shelby won her first football
game of the season last week, end
this week Coach Morris will send
his youngsters against the fast
Gaffney team here. How the
boys displayed their prowess last
week is embodied in a news story
* * *
The past week seemed to hold a
jinx for voung Cleveland county
athletes. Paris Weathers, ster
Lattimore player, was iniured in
the game Friday, end The Star
says today that Jim Lee, all
around Shelby athlete, will recov
er after being seriously injured
Saturday when run over by a
* * n
More important than the others,
however, is the suggestion that you
start reading today The Star’s
new serial—“The Man Nobody
Rows.” Educational as well as
* * *
Federal court will be in session
also this week and Shelby appar
ently will be the scene of much
* * *
There is no prouder spot in the
history of Cleveland county than
that of “homing” the Durham
boys. Plato, one of the most bril
liant of the family, will make the
opening address at the county fair
tomorrow. Watch the two coming
issues of The Star this week for
headlights of the fair program.
* •
Thoughtful readers never throw
away The Star without reading the
advertisements. Star advertising
pays the reader as well as the ad
See you at the fair!
Read the first chapter in today’s
Star of “The Man Nobody Knows.’
a new approach to the life of
Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth.
The story is written by Bruce
Barton, a business man and author
of “Common Sense Editorials,”
“Better Days,” and “It’s a Good
Old World.” Bruce Barton is one
of America’s best writers and the
story which The Star is begin
ning today in serial form is with
out a doubt his best production. It
is endorsed by ministers and lay
men of all denominations for in
iT s story he brings Jesus close
home to you. It treats simply and
vividly of many incidents in the
i'fe of Jesus and no one can read
The story without having gained a
now’ insight into a subject which
is ID9C years old.
Mr. Barton’s great message is
That religion is not a matter of
forms and ceremonies, but life it
Rf'!f, the every day business of
daily work. All business is his
father’s business, all honest work
ls worship, all productive labor is
spiritual service. For what is
modern business but that the ma
chinery which God has set up for
feeding and clothing and making
happier His children, for finish
'ng the unfinished task of creation.
Every reader of The Star will
'nd this story something differ
ent from what is usually found in
ncwspapers. It is uplifting, soul
etirring. Start the first chapter
®day and follow the story through.
1 "e hook would cost you a year’s
subscription to The Star, yet you
Ret it along with the other news
°f the paper.
Mrs. T. W. Ebeltoft and Miss
Elizabeth Ebeltoft have returned
r0!n Blowing Rock wTiere they
' l>ent two weeks at the Springs
By^r' an<^ Mrs. Joe Nash and Mr.
Mrs. R. N. Gurley, of Hickory,
lent the week-end in Shelby.
House Is Dropped on Auto
This photo shows a garage-apartment in Miami, Fla., which was raised
Clear of its foundation by the force of the recent hurricane and left rest
Big on a touring car that had been parked beside it,
Storm Refugees Return To
Cleveland With Storm Dead
Funds Wanted For
Florida Sufferers,
Red Cross Here Solicits Funds for
Sufferers in the Southern
Florida Storm Area.
At the request of Mayor A. l\
Weathers, Mr. I. C. Griffin, form
er Red Cross chairman for Roil
call in Cleveland county, will act
as treasurer for Cleveland county
branch of the Red Cross in receiv
ing funds for the Florida storn
sufferers. No drive for funds will
be made, but there are no doubt
many in Cleveland county who feel
an impulse to give something for
the relief of the 38, in the storm
stricken area. All money received
locally will be forwarded to na
tional headquarters of the Ameri
can Red cross.
President Coolidge has issued a
proclamation in which he says “I
am prompted to appeal urgently to
| the American people, whose sym
| pathies have always been so com
prehensive. to contribute gener
ously in aiding the sufferers of
his disaster.
Contributions are being made
all over the United Staces so it
is considered ail opportunity which
Cleveland county should be eager
to give something, although it
might be small, to a people in
America who are in such dire dis
tress at this time.
Parade To Start
At Central School
The big float parade to the
county fair grounds tomorrow
morning will start at the Central
High school building, it is announc
ed by Mrs. Oline Hamrick, chair
man of the float committee.
The parade will start immediate
ly at 10:30 o’clock, wend it way
about town and on to the fair
ground. Those acquainted with the
decoration cf floats say that it will
be one of ihe outstanding float ex
hibits ever preesnted in the section.
Jim Lee. star guard on the
Shelby High football eleven
and considered one of the best
baseball prospects for the
spring season, was seriously
hurt last Saturday morning
when he was run over by the
wheels of a loa>#?d truck near
Young Lee, who was out
standing in Friday's football
game, was on the fender ad
justing the carburator, it is
said, when he fell off and the
wheels passed over the mid
portion of his body, dislocating
his hip, fracturing his pelvis
The injury was a severe one
and hospital reports today say
the youngster is doing as well
as could be expected, but will
be out of athletics for many
' _
David Z. Newton Tells Harrowing
Experiences in Hialeah. 50 to
75 People Killed.
Hardin Newton the six year old
sen of David Z. Newton who was
killed in the Florida storm at Hia
leah, arrived Friday to be buried
in upper Cleveland, while John
Horton, age 28, another Cleveland
county storm victim was buried in
Florida, his body being so decom
posed because it lay for hours in
four inches of water, that under
takers could not prepare it for
shipment. Mr. Newton, father of
the child, came in Friday night but
the body of his child arrived over
the Seaboard at noon Friday and
lay at the Seaboard station all the
afternron with no one to claim
it until the father arrived. The
father was travelling in a Pull
man sleeper and by some means
his car was attached to another
ttain, separating him from the
corpse. At Monroe where he missed
his train, he too ka bus and ar
rived here several hours later.
Other Refugees.
j The small colony of upper Clev
eland people located at Hialeah ar
rived last week. Mrs. John Horton,
wife of Mr. John Horton
deceased came on home leaving Mr.
Newton to bury Horton’s body and
have his son Harding Newton pre
pared for shipment.
The Newton and Horton families
lived together in a five room house
in Ingleside park, a sub-division of
Hialeah. With them was Acie Wort
man, another Cleveland county boy
21 years old. The men had been
working at the carpenter trade.
When the fury of the storm
broke about 4 o’clock in the morn
ing, the grown ups had gotten out
of bed and were dressing. A gale
was blowing at 120 miles an hour.
Planks and scantlings were flying
through the air, then suddently the
house in which they were living
blew from its pillars.
Crushed Like Egg Shell.
Soon thereafter the wind pres
sure turned the houses on its side,
then on its top and crushed it like
an egg shell. The living occupants
of the house hovered behind the
fragments left intact. With the
wind came a terrific downpour of
rain. About day-light the storm
abated somewhat, Mr. Newton set
out in search of his companions,
after he had released his foot which
was fastened between timbers. The
corner of the house had pinned
Mr. and Mrs. Horton underneath.
He was dead by her side while she
was moaning in pain from the
weight of the timbers on her body
and from fright over the terrible
catastrophe. Mr. Newton used a
I saw' to cut the timbers so Mrs.
! Horton could be released. The New
ton child was struck in the head
with a piece of flying timber and 1
hik skull crushed. It was found
under the bed. Horton had ugly
bruises about his face and head ’
from which he died iftstantly. The
child lived 13 hours but there was
such confusion a doctor could not 1
be had until a few minutes before i
the child died. Mr. Newton has a I
broken shoulder, Mrs. Horton was
badly bruised about the body and 1
(Continued on page seven.)
Lattimore People Stage
Classy Community Fair
Cotton Crop Late
Shews Gin Report
Issued In County
The Cleveland county cotton
crop m 4.700 bales late, speak
ins in the term of ginning.
Up to September 16, 1923,
cotton ginned in this county to
talled 4,755 bales.
Up to September 16, this
year, only 56 bales had been
A difference, lacking only
one bale of 4,700 bales.
Juf.t, how late this is in a
matter of weeks cannot be stat
ed definitely, but county farm
ers are wondering just how
much this lateness will short
en the crop. The reports given
above were issued by Miles H.
Ware, special agent.
Play Gaffney Here This Week For
Second Go.. Beam and Kerr
Are Stars
The Shelby highs won their ini
tial contest of the football season
Friday by defeating the strong
Lattimore squad 8 to 0, in a game
played as a part of the Lattimore
fair program. That it was far
from a poor opening was evidenc
ed in the fact that Morris’ young
sters by their victory defeated
one of the huskiest football ele
vens in this section of the state.
Football is rather new at Latti
more, but from the stiff opposi
tion put up by Coach Tilden
Falls’ eleven Friday they have
what looks to be one of the best
elevens ever produced in the coun
ty outside of Shelby—and they
give a team Shelby considers one
of her bast a bid see re.
There wasn’t much scoring and
few long run or spectacular
plays to thrill the sidelines, al
though the determined fight and
pep of both teams made up for the
lack of spectacular work. Buck
Connor, former Shelby star and
All-State half back, was the field
general of the Lattimore squad
and easily the star of the up
county team. Tough little Tommy
Kerr, Shelby quarter, was the in
spiration of his young team, while
Laymon Beam, a likely all-state
end, furnished the big defensive
work of the day.
The first quarter belonged to
Lattimore. The young Shelby
eleven seemed nervous and could
not get settled down, which per
mitted Connor to drive his husky
outfit under the shadow of the
Shelby goal posts on several occa
sions, the gritty little line, how
ever, nuiumg Hue a wan wnen a
touchdown threatened. On one
occasion Connor attempted a field
goal and only missed by a few
teet. Otherwise the first half was
devoid of scoring threats. The sec
ond quarter was more on a toss-up
basis with Ed. Harris putning up
to, and sometimes better, than
Connor, who in days gone by was
famed for his kicking.
The third quarter brought more
iction. Harris, punting for Shelby,
dropped a long spiral behind Con
nor and the ball rolled over the
Shelby line. Connor attempted to
retrieve and bring the ball back to
safe territory only to be downed
behind the goal line by the scrappy I
Shelby wingmen.
In the last quarter Shelby chased
over a touchdown and apparently j
nad the second when Howard 1
Moore scooped up a fumble and !
raced across only to be called out 1
>f bounds. The first touchdown
came after several skirting end 1
•uns by the Shelby backs and the
ball was plunged over by Kerr’s
)ff-tackle drives.
Any consistent aerial attack
vas missing. Lattimore attempted
wo in succession to lose five yards
>y the new ruling, while Shelby
•elied more on straight football as
he majority of Morris’ squad were
Maying in their first regular j
The entire Lattimore baekfield i
lisplayed several thrills with the 1
(Continued on page seven.)
Their Prize Winner* Will Take
Some Ribbon* At Big Cleve
land County Fair.
(By Staff Correspondent.)
Lattimore—When it cornea to
I staging a community fair, complete
in every detail, place no commun
ity higher on the list than Latti
more. Approximately 1,000 home
1 folks and numerous visitors agreed
on that point after spending the
day here at the enterprising farm
community’s exposition last Friday.
The entire exhibit was a fine col.
lection of reasons explaining why
Lattimore is rated as one of Cleve
land county’s greatest farm sections
And it was more than that, for it
| revealed v.-hy those who like to
partake of “good eats’’ appreciate
j an opportunity of dining where a
Lattimore housekeeper presides.
Frcm the horse show and farm
crops down through the jellies,
1 pickles, fancy work and art. the oc
I casion was a success—even more
j than supporters of ihe event could
have hoped for.
This week visitors to the big
j county fair will get a still better
insight on Lattimore’s forwardness
j as the prize-winners at the com
I munity exhibit have been busy over
I the week-end removing their rib
I bon entries to the eounty fair
I grounds—and he who says Latti
more will not take home several of
! the county ribbons will miss his
guess worse than the experts wha
expected Dempsey to still be the
heavyweight champion.
Lattimore with a fertile soil and
sturdy citizenship that would form
a good basis for any progressive
community must have absorbed con
(Continued on page four.)
South Shelby To /
Have Paved Street
Opened This Week
By Friday of this week, Mr.
Cashion of the Ely Construction
company, says traffic will be turn
ed on S. LaFayette street from the
old to the new corporate limits, a
newly paved street of three quar
ters of a mile in length. From tile
business section of South Shelby 1
the asphalt street is completed and
in use and the section from the
stores to the end of the old as
phalt on S. EaFayette would have
been completed ten days ago ex
cept for a delay in shipment of
sand dust needed in topping.
Mr. Cashion says he had hoped
to get the black top down along
the sides of Highway No. 20 to
Belvedere park before the fair op
ened but the delay in shipment of
sand dust prevented this. The sand
dust came last week but to have
started the topping on the Cleve
land Springs road then would not
allow time to finish before fair
traffic started on this highway.
Convicts To See
County Fair By
Order Of Blanton
The convicts on the No. 6 road
gang: are in for a big day tomorrow
as well as the rest of the county.
They are going to the county
fair under the supervision of Mr.
Joe E. Blanton, gang head and his
During the past week or so the
convict force has worked on the
fair grounds and by the labor the
grounds have been made consider
ably more attractive and Mr. Blan
ton always interested in the men
on the force feels as if it is nothing
but right that they get to see the
fair. „
Four Melons Weigh
265 Pounds At Fair
John Russ who does truck farm
ing at Double Shoals had the rear
seat on his Ford, filled with water
melons this morning as he passed
The Star office en route to the
fair ground. The melons numbered
just four, but they weighed an ag
gregate of 265 pounds.. Mr. Russ
used to farm on Dr. R. M. Gidney’s
plantation, but for a number of
years he has been truck farming
al Double Shoals. He has a pump
kin that tips the scales at 55
pounds which he will also have on
exhibit. The melons have been on
cold storage since they were gath
ered about a month ago.
Judge Vates Wcl>?» Presides Over
Federal Court Grind. 55
Booze Ce *e« Up.
The fall term of Federal court
convened here thin morning with
U. S. Judge E. Yates Webb pre
siding and District Attorney
Frank Linney with his staff pro
secuting. The usual marshals, dry
officers and court officials are in
attendance including Clerk R. L.
Blalock, of Greensboro.
The court began a rapid grind
Monday morning, which is cus
tomary with Judge Webb’s courts,
and the docket of charges began
to melt into sentences as case aft
er case was disposed of with a min
imum of dilly-dallying.
There are a total of 67 cases on
the docket in which 77 persons are
charged with various offenses, ac
cording to Kenneth J. Kindley, as
sistant district attorney. The court
here is the first of a series which
will keep the Federal court busy
until the beginning of the new
Fifty-five of the 67 cases on the
National prohibition laws, and the
docket here charge violation of the
remainder include various offenses.
To Try Goldbergs.
Cases rated as the most Impor
tant to be heard are those in which
two prominent Gaston mill men.
Frank and Robert Goldberg, are
charged with violation of the in
come tax law.
Witnesses, juro/s and outside
attendants have brought to Shelby
quite a large crowd of people from
counties included in this court dis
trict, and-with tka fair on at the
same time the town is enjoying one
of its busiest seasons.
Quite a number of out-of-town
barristers are here as well as sev
eral dry agents of considerable
fame over the state. C. A. Jonas,
of Lincolnton, Patton of Morgan.
d''., and Murphy of Hickory, bein{
among the visiting attorneys.
Work To Start On
High School Field
Of Play Thi. Week
An agreement has been reach
ed on the width of Sumter street
between the city officials, the
school board and property owners
whereby work will begin this week
on rebuilding the athletic field to
the rear of the Shelby High school.
Mr. Joe E. Blanton of the No. 6
to put the caxpenterssNqB eatotn
highway commission has promised
to pnt the convict force to work
on this street within the next few
days and as rapidly as the work
can be rushed along by carpenters
building a grandstand and fence,
the athletic field will be put into
good playing condition.
Instead of Sumter street being
60 feet wide as agreed some year3
ago by former school officials,
former city officials and present
property owners, the street will
be confined to a width of 50 feet
thus allowing the athletic field
more room for play. Consideration
is being given to the erection of
a wire fence, the planting of a tail
hedge along the street overlooking
the playground and the erection of
a substantial grand stand.
mills HURT
Paris Weathers, star half
back of the Lattimore football
team and a son of Mr. W. T.
Weathers, is reported as im
proving at the Shelby hospital
after being brought there last
Friday suffering with injuries
received in the Lattimore-Shel
by game.
Young Weathers received a
fracture of the skull about the
temple according to surgeons
and although seriously injur
ed holds a fine chance of re
covery, it is said.
The injury was received,
players say when Weathers
and another member of the
Lattimore team attempted to
tackle a Shelby back and fail
ing, crashed together, their
beads receiving the impact. The
young fellow was considered
one of Lattimore’s outstanding
Parade And Address By
Plato Durham To Feature
Program Of Opening Day
Governor McLean Unable To Attend, Liut
Noted Native Son Will Speak.
Greatest Program Ever
Cleveland county is ready today for its greatest county
f;!r which will open tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock*
The general p/ogrem. from the opening day until the last
of the five day exposition, is considered the most colorful
. rm event ever planned. Entertainment features are not
to be excelled, and according to reports a record fair crowd
will gather during the week with the greatest single-day
> 'wd of all expected for tomorrow.
As an idea as to what the opening day offers:
Shelby’s greatest float parade will move from town to the
fair grounds at 10:30 o’clock.
.. ?.r- P,a!° Durham «?f Atlanta, one of the county’s most
distinguished native sons, will make an address at 11 o’clock
from the mammoth grandstand.
Every available siding of the Southern Railway system
here has been filled by the Nat Reiss Show cars.
Every stall at the fair grounds is filled with race horses
and more are expected today. noises.
en?ertainmdenCtarl°ad °f fireWorks has arrived tor the night
wifhTEl i"Ch °f lpace in t}?e big exhibit halls is taken up
lalrJarr?y Western Carolina* has ever seem
Two separate road entrances to^the bTfairTraTwRl^
available, to handle the hundreds of autos and the mair enJ
trance win be restricted for pedestrians su^sthe^m It
28 Heads Bobbed
In Shelby Shops
During One Month
Shelby’s feminine world of*
fers the proof that “bobbed
hair is not going out of style.
On the other hand the trend
to short tresses and mannish
hair cuts is increasing in pow
Seven up-town “bobber
shops” in Shelby report that
28 ladies, young and old—all
young now—had their hair
bobbed during the month of
So far as can be tamed this
was a record month in the
bobbing business in Shelby.
Shelby Lady Tells of Disaster In
Vivid Language—Town Un
der Martial Law.
Writing to her parents Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Laughridge on Sumter
street, Shelby, Mrs. Irvin Lutz,
who was in the storm in Fort
Lauderdale tells of horrible sights j
and says the death toll will mount
higher than the newspaper have
given it.
Had your wire this morning, and
would have wired at first but could
not get a wire out of Lauderdale.
The whole of Brevard county and
Dade county are under martial law
and you can’t get a thing without
a requisition. Every store keeper
carries a pistol, and you can’t get
into Lauderdale without a pass.
Thousands Killed
Thousands were killed, just one
truck load after another are be
ing hauled in, and so many little
babies are being born and were
new-born during the storm. Prac
tically every house has no roof.
Several little dead babies were
found swimming down the streets.
You can’t possibly imagine how ter
rible this thing is. We and three
other families are in the adminis
tration building.
Our houses are completely blown
to atoms. Some of the floors are
there. The ocean was clear over to
the highway. We came over here
at 10:30 Friday night. It seemed
that this building would go at
every minute, all the windows were
blown out. Seventeen of us sat
huddled in one tiny little room and
the next day two other families
came in. We did not have a bite
to eat from Friday until Saturday
night, and these blessed babies did
not even ask for a drink.
“The law ha6 taken over every
store. Tell Frank their friend Mrs.
Mount had both legs broken and
her head crushed. It is positively
(Continued on page two.)
McLean Not Coming
A message received last week
from the State executive offices
stated that Governor McLean
would be unable to attend owing
to a press of State duties. How-*
ever, he wished the best of luck
for one of Caroina’s best f inning
counties and their fair, which is
now recognized as one of the
South's best.
Nevertheless, the opening day
program is none the damaged for
Dr. Plato Durham, prominent edu
cator and native son of Cleveland*
will deliver an address at
o’clock on the opening day, as
thousands will pack the gran
stand and nearby available spa,
to hear the noted orator of Stor
Mountain who spent his boyhc
days in Cleveland. Dr. Durhaii
will be introduced by Hon. Cly«
R. Hoey, enough in itself to p«
the stands.
The Dream Grows
Just, three short years agol
Cleveland county had a dream;
come true, a realization that ex-!
ceeded the original hope and idea!
when the fair was first planned.;
Then the next fair exceeded the]
first, and the third now promised
to excel all others and establish
the local fair as the best county
event in the South.
Toward this end no expense ha*
been spared. Fair officials, urged!
on by th dynamic Dorton, have
worked untiringly to make of thd
event the biggest success of all, and
practically complete in detail to
day for the crowds tomorrow it
seems as if they have succeeded.
Down through the exhibit halls
everything is in readiness. Last
minute exhibitors have been turn
ed away'because of the lack of
With the biggest assemblage of
race horses here yet, track records
will likely be established during
the week. Entrants for the races
come from “Old Kaintuck”, the
century of racing events, from
Ohio, and from Alabama in addi
tion to nearby points. Two of the
Concord Cannons have entered 16
horses. So, the racing fan is
promised a great occasion.
Free acts, sensational and death
defying, between every race and
after the fireworks at night as
sure thrills for the crowds and the
carload of fireworks should make
colorful events of the night pro
The daily races will come each
afternoon at 2 o’clock and every
afternoon a horse ridden by a 15.
year-old rider will hurdle an auto*
mobile in front of the grandstand
The fireworks begin each evening
at 7:30 with a continued run o:
entertainment until late at night
The. tract itself is in fin«
condition due to the work of Jo«
E. Blanton, the No. 6 commission
ers and the road gang. Everj
road has been graded, the entir<
tract cleared and access made mory
convenient to all portions of th
Dr. J. H. Harbeson has return?*
from Durham where he entered hi
sister in Duke university.

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