the STAR'S REVIEW.
May Old Santa fill every stock
ine until it overflow*.
To the youngsters it has seemec
a long time, and to the older folks
a strenuous time—on the pocket
book, but here it is. Merry Christ
• • *
Those who predicted a cotton
crop for Cleveland county this year
of more than 40,000 bales may now
lean back, hook their thumbs under
their uspenders and say “I told
vou so.” The latest report places
the ginning already over 40,000
bales with more to go.
North Carolina’s ranking in the
farm world is given by The Star
• • •
On January 4, Cleveland county
farmers will make one of the big
gest steps in the history of the
cbunty when they gather here fcr
a meeting to discuss diversifica
tion and “putting the farm back
on a profitable basis.” Every Clev
eland county farmer should he pres
ent. Don’t forget the date.
* • •
Big-hearted little fellows, those
of Cleveland county. In their let
ters to Kris Kringle they’ve been
asking things for themselves and
also for the orphans and poor. May
their Christmas be the better for
• * *
Dan Cupid and Santa Claus,
youth and old age., are running a
race this week. Marriages galore
is the word over to the county court
house. Yesterday three couples
were married there in three offi
ces by three magistrates. Dan Cu
pid must be enjoying the Yuletide.
* * •
Here’s one for the philosophers
who know so much: Imagine a
chorus girl buying a New Testa
ment for Christmas? Then stretch
the imagination and think of an
elderly lady purchasing one of the
modern sex magazines. It happen
ed in the same building in Shelby
yesterday, according to “Around
• • •
D. Z. Newton was named presi
dent of the Cleveland County Caro
lina dub at the big banquet held
this week and attended by Carolina
boys of the county.
* * *
Short items of nation-wide inter
est may be found in this issue.
* * *
The annual j^anquet of the “Do
ver mills” was held last night at
Cleveland Springs. “The most en
thusiastic yet,’ those in attendance
say. J. R. Dover was toastmaster
and C. R. Hoey the chief speaker.
• * •
The Star will not appear on Mon
day following the custom of sus
pending for one issue during tha
• * *
Christmas trees and Christmas
programs are announced at various
points over the county.
* * *
Drive slowly,, watch the corners
and railroad crossings and you may
have still a few more visits from
* * *
And, all the good wishes of the
University Official Says Under
graduates Could Not Have
Participated in Game.
Greensboro, Dec. 23.—A state
ment made here yesterday by Dr.
A. W. Hobbs, chairman of the Uni
versity of North Carolina athletic
council and representative of the
district in whic% >£j3Hh Carolina
,s in the Southern conference,
seems to bar from playing in a
Christmas day football gamp at
Charlotte players who had been
suggested for a game between
Charlotte and Shelby.
Dr. Hobbs stated that Southern
conference rules prohibit an under
graduate college athlete from play
ing on any team except that of the
institution he attends.
A probable line-up for the Char
lotte-Shelby game contained the
names of University, State college,
Davidson and Duke players. The
members of the Southern confer
The proposed Shelby line-up for
tt>c game, which is now called off,
contained only one under-graduate
college player. The remaining Shel
by players completed their college
career^ this year or before.
Cotton Finally Up
To Eleven And Half
Cotton was quoted this morning
on the local market at 11 1-2 cents.
~n Wednesday the quotation was
11 cents, 20 points under the spot
]*Jonth of December on the New
lork exchange. The McMurry of
fice says this wide difference is
J* to a sleekening of the local
r*|na nd for spots. Now and then
•ocal buyers find where they can
extra good cotton and for
JW*ntities as much as 12 cents has
"**n paid this week.
COUNTY-WIDE PLAN OF FARM DIVERSIFICATION
County Cotton Crop Has Passed
40,000-Bale Mark, Report Shows
40,715 Bales Ginned Up To December 13. New Cotton Record
For County Seems Likely
New Reports Show.
A new cotton mark for Cleve
land county in a year when cotton
is selling for 12 cents, or less—
that seems to be the production this
Up to December 13, 40,715 bales
of cotton had been ginned in this
county, according to the official re
port by Miles H. Ware, special gin
ning agent. This is a lead of 4,430
bales r-ver the ginning i^£he same
period last year, and with the gin
ning not complete is the second
highest mark ever in this county.
In the past two weeks 2,808 bales of
cotton have been ginned and it is
likely, cotton men state, that near
that amount will be ginned by the
next report, running the total
around 42 or 43 thousand bales.
In 1924 Cleveland county produc
ed its largest cotton crop, near 42,
000 bales. Estimates now are that
this years crop, will surpass that
of the record year and establish a
North Carolina Ranking High
In Farm Production By Report
First In America In Tobacco And Peanuts. Second Place In
Two Crops And Third In One And
7th In Cotton.
Squires” Of Town
Three Couples Married In Court
House Thursday. Three Magis
Over to the county court house
[they are as well acquainted with a
late holiday shopping rush as down
at the department stores. Except
at the court house the gift hunt
ers are seeking husbands, and wiv
Thursday Squire T. C. Eskridge
had more marriages than “he cduld
handle. The result was that three
couples were married in the court
house during the afternoon in three
different offices by three differ
ent magistrates, which is a record,
mates, in mating.
Along about 12 o’clock, or short
ly thereafter, one couple came in,
bought the binding papers from
Register Newton and Mr. W. R.
Newton, county tax official and a
magistrate, was the first person the
couple met that had marrying pow
ers. Mr. Newton tied the knot.
About 3:30 another couple secur
ed license and Squire Eskridge
back on the job after a jaunt in the
county performed the ceremony.
Some 30 minutes later a colored
couple came in and sought license.
Two folks came in the office but
only one left—that is, if marriage
does the two-in-one stunt, for they
were married before leaving the of
fice. Mr. A. P Spake, also a magis
trate, was standing by and the
ceremony was performed before
the ink was dry on the license.
Frankly, that’s going some.
The couple married by Mr. New
ton was Kelly Fisher, of Lincoln
county, and Pearl Stewart, of Cleve
land county. Harvey Bridges, of
Gaston county, and Beulah Wright,
of this county, were married by
The colored couple married by
Mr. Spake was Clarence Murph
and Ida Davis.
Keep Record Go'ng.
Register of Deeds Andy Newton
still bids fair to break all license
selling records. He has written
marriage license for eight couples
within three days, and he estimat
es that his total for December is
around 17. That’s not counting the
very-last-minute shoppers today.
No Paper Monday
Following the usual custom
of The Star to miss one issue
during the year, there will be
no paper issued on Monday.
This is done in order to give
the force a little off-duty time
to enjoy the Christmas season
with their families. The man- j
agement feels that the entire
force deserves this short va
cation for The Star office is
open and running everw week
day in the year from 8 a. m. to
The Star wishes every read
er an abundance of Christmas
cheer and a new year abound
ing in blessings. The next issue
of the paper will appear on
schedule Wednesday afternoon
of next week.
Raleigh—North Carolina during
the past year produced more tobac
co and peanuts than any other
state in the Union, ranked second
in the production of soy beans and
sorghum, and third in the produc
tion of sweet potatoes, according to
figures made public Wednesday by
the co-operative crop reporting
service of State and Federal depart
ments of Agriculture.
In 1925 North Carolina ranked
first in the production of peanuts
' and sweet potatoes and second in
the production of tobacco and soy
beans. It held no third places that
North,Carolina- ranks with the
I other states in principal crops
grown in this state, with this state’s
States Fori* Rank,
f 1st in tobacco; 398,190,000 lbs.
1st in peanuts; 190,120,000 lbs.
: 2nd in soy beans; 1,812,000 bush
[ 2nd in sorghum; 4,004,000 gal
3rd in sweet potatoes; 7,560,000
7th in cotton; 1,250,000 bales (es
8th in rye; 1,352,000 bushels.
8th in grapes, 6.840 tons.
10th in peaches; 2,100,000 bush
11th in buckwheat; 220,000 bush
11th in cloverseed; 26,000 tons.
12th in apples; 5,986,000 bushels.
13th in potatoes; 7,400,000 bush
18th in corn; 52,272,000 bushels.
20th in winter wheat; 6,303,000
22nd in oats; 6,820,000 bushels.
22nd in wild hay; 52,000 tons.
24th in pears; 270,000 bushels.
27th in barley; 390,000 bushels.
Eskridge To Go
With Tobacco Co.
Mr. Holland Eskridge, better
known to his Shelby friends as
“Bush,” will on the first of the
year resign his position with the
American Express company to go
with Liggett & Myers Tobacco com
pany as salesman for this territory
with his headquarters here.
Mr. Eskridge has been with the
local express office for several
years and is one of the town’s
most industrious young business
The friends and patrons of the
Lattimore school are invited to at
tend the Christmas program given
in the auditorium on Friday night
December 24. Exercises to begin
promptly at seven o’clock.
The following program will be
given before the gifts are taken
from the tree and distributed.
Christmas carols by High school.
Santa Claus drill, Song of Christ
mas, by First grade.
Playlet—“Christmas Candles” by
Playlet—“Aids to a Merry Christ
mas” by Third grade.
Drill—“Christmas Holly” by
Pageant—“Story of Christmas.”
Pantomime—“It Came Upon the
Midnight Clear” by Forty girls.
ME MILLS III
BIG BUILT OK
Eastsidc, Dover and Ora Mills
! Have Annual Get-together.
Mr. J. R. Dover Presides.
What was termed the best ban
quet of the organization was held
Thursday evening at Cleveland
, Springs hotel when department
heads and officials of the three
mills, Eastside, Dover and Ora,
known as the “Dover mills’’ gath
ered for their annual banquet.
One hundred and thirty people
I were in attendance, .including offi
cials, owners, overseers, departmen
tal heads and others of the three
big textile plants.
Mr. John R. Dover, organizer and
directing influence of the mills, was
, the toastmaster of the evening and
skillfully handled the entertaining
program, made up of short speech
es, musical numbers, stunts and
the regular banquet entertainment.
Hoey Main Speaker.
Clyde R. Hoey was the main
speaker of the evening and his topic
was that of the real Christmas
' spirit, that of giving other than ma
terial presents, and methods of
J carrying the giving spirit to mar.
; kind through the entire year. It was
a fitting address on the Yuletide
and one very appropriate to the big
industrial and -working interests as
sembled at the banquet.1 C
Mr. Dover talking briefly out
j lined the textile year as it touched
.the local plants. An encMormgihg
j remark, and one of high value to
' the plants, was that despite the
; general slack of the textile industry
! not a one of the three mills cur
tailed, but ran full time and the
wage of no employe was cut. Such,
it might be added, is one of the
outstanding reasons why the local
plants me so well known.
Short taliis were algo made by
i the heads of the three mills, John
. Toms, Earl Hamrick and Jack Do
■ ver, they being followed by Charlie
Roberts representing the employes.
The general music for the occa
sion was furnished by Sinclair’s or
chestra. There were two very fine
solos by Carl Jordan, of Boiling
Springs. Jordan has a delightful
voice and his selections were well
received by the audience. A local
quartet, coming from the mill, was
also a part of the program. Adding
a little humor to th» occasion
were three instrumental solos by
Earl Hamrick, Jack Dover and John
Toms. Skilled musicians they were
(with their assistants.)
Contests and Prizes,
i Quite a number of valuable prizes
were distributed among employers
j and employes during the evening.
Gold prizes were given by J. R.
Dover, Fred R. Morgan, Jack Dover
and Earl Hamrick, while the em
ployes of the three mills gave a
prize each to their three heads,
Toms, Jack Dover and Hamrick,
and the office forces of the mills
presented a handsome prize to J.
R. Dover. Another nice gift was
also presented to the speaker of the
rnree contests iurmsnea me Dig
entertainment of the evening. In
the first, two men from each mill
raced each other in emptying a bot
| tie of milk through a nipple. Cuff
links were presented the winner. In
the second contest two men from
each mill raced through five dry
soda crackers, the first to whistle
after the performance receiving a
nice scarf. In the third the big fun
of the evening came when six men
contested in eating three swinging
apples for a prize of eckties.
With numerous sidelights and
many headlights the banquet was a
success from beginning to end. A
new spirit of comradeship seem
ed to radiate among the many men
who make up the personnel of tha
mills and the occasion was without
equal to all concerned.
Miss Mamie Burney of Greenville
S. C., is spending Christmas holi
days with Mr. and Mrs. James Hol
Mr. and Mrs. Burton Mitchell
and baby of Mt. Holly and Dr. Tom
Brice Mitchell of Lincolnton are
spending the holidays with Dr. and
Mrs. W. F. Mitchell.
CLUB OF COUNTY
Carolina Banquet Held At Cleve
land Springs Largely Attended, j
Taylor Attends Meet.
I Attorney D. Z. Iewton, former!
state senator, is the new president
of the Cleveland County University j
club, being named at a banquet of j
Carolina alumni and students held !
at Cleveland Springs Wednesday |
Mr. Fred Finger, of Kings j
Mountain, was named vice-presi- 1
dent, and Nelson Callahan, presi- i
dent of the Carolina freshman class j
was elected secretary.
Eighty-six alumni and students .
of the state university attended '
the banquet, which was considered ;
one of the most enthusiastic col- [
lege gatherings ever staged in the
section. The banquet was highly
honored by having in attendance T.
C. Taylor, of Chapel Hill, field sec- j
retar.v of all the Carobna^ alumni j
associations. Mr. Taylor made the
; main address of the evening, dis
j cussing the extension of the Caro
[ lina spirit and talking of the needs
i of the school. Local alumni and j
1 students were elated that the field
secretary selected the Shelby meet
ing out of the others to attend.
Short talks were also made by
Messrs. Clyde R. Hoey, O. B. Car
penter^ of Kings Mountain, am} P,
The usual banquet program pre
vailed and the occasion was fre
quently pepped up with the well
known Carolina yells and college
Dance Held Later,
jFollowing the banquet, the. an
; nual Carolina dance was held in
| the lobby of the hotel, glowing
j with Yuletide decorations, and this
, event was also considered a sue- ,
cess by the promoters of the Caro
HEWS PICKED UP
oie the urn
Thirty people were reported kill- ‘
ed and many hurt Thursday night
when two crack Southern trains
crashed together near Rockmart,
The N. C. State highway commis
sion will lend counties more aid in
taking over road mileage, accord
ing to Raleigh reports.
I A Martin county, North Carolina
! farmer was shopping yesterday as
a real Santa Claus. He was buying
presents for 34 children and 97
Ray Sossomon, of Albemarle,
was killed yesterday in an auto
mobile wreck near that place.
Charlie Bess, Gastonia mill em
ploye, met death yesterday when
his car was strqck by a P. and N.
passenger train in East Gastonia.
The man held at Mocksville, this
state, thought to be Erdman Olson,
l sweetheart killer of Wisconsin, was
found not to be the guilty party.
Baseball fans together with
scores of baseball officials are de
nying that Ty Cobb and Tris Speak
er, baseball idols, had anthing to
do with a ‘.‘fixed’ baseball game of
Reports are that Zeb V. Turling
ton, of Mooresville, is being groom
ed for the next governor’s race.
Turlington fathered the pfohibition
bill that bears his name in this
Eddie Collins, veteran of baseball
and a member of the famous old
Philadelphia Athletics, is totyay
again next year with Philadelphia.
Big Meeting To Be Held
Here On Tuesday, Jan 4.
Farmers With Leaders To Discuss Side
Crops. No Plan To Cut Cotton
Acreage, But To Diversify
A county-wide campaign among the farmers to diversify
farming in Cleveland county, will be launched Tuesday,
January 4th, according to anouncements made by Alvin
Hardin, farm demonstrator and J. C. Newton, secretary of
the chamber of commerce. At that time, E. L. Millsaps, dis
trict farm extension agent, and Max Gardner, premier farm
ei and chairman of the Cleveland county board of agricul
ture, will deliver speeches. To this meeting every farmer in
Cleveland county is invited and urgently requested to attend.
Following the launching of this diversified farming program
group meetings will be held at various places throughout the
county to emphasize the importance of substituting other
profitable crops in connection with cotton production. Lead
ers feel that the campaign is most urgent in order to re-es
tablish farming in this county on a profitable basis.
Tots Of County
Urge Old Santa
To Give To Poor
The children of Cleveland
county are a big-hearted, gen
erous lot. Several hundred par
ents may be thankful for that.
The Star during the holiday
season has published scores of
“Santa Claus" letters and
through them run the thread
of charity and a feeling for
the unfortunate. Children to be
proud of.: they are.
One youngster wound up'her -
letter this way: “And, Santa,
don’t forget the peoei-j'little1'1
children—Another wrote: “Via- •
it dll the little orphan chil
dren"—Still another urged:
Don’t forgebithe little children
who have no papa and mamma
to buy for them’-—and another
—“Bring nil the little boys and
The family Santa Claus will
more than likely see that the
request of evgry little corres
pondent is answered, and
would it not be fine now if
these Santa would also see that
the “poor little children” re
membered by the tots really
do get something?
What about it? Is there
more charity in the hearts of
It was impossible for The
Star U> carry all “Santa let
ters" Wednesday and many
more have piled in since that
time, so they are being publish
ed today with the hope that old
Kris Kringle will take a peep
at The Stair before he starts
on his rounds tonight.
And The Star hopes that ev
ery youngster writing a letter
will have them answered and
with the gifts all the merri
ment of the occasion. They’re
big-hearted enough to deserve
Mrs. McKee Dies In
It was the sole wish of Mrs.
Cleo McKae that she would be spar
ed to live through the Christmas
holidays to see her children enjoy
the Yuletide season, but that privi
lege was denied her when she died
Monday of this week. Mrs. McKee,
wife of Roy McKee, lived in South
Shelby. She had been a sufferer
with tuberculosis and was only 33
years of age when the end came.
Mrs. McKee is survived by her hus
band and three children. The funer
al was conducted Tuesday by Rev.
Rush Padgett, pastor of the Sec
ond Baptist church and the inter
ment was in Sunset cemetery. She
has many friends and her passing
in the prime of young womanhood
is a source of great sorrow to all.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Webb, jr.,
will spend Christmas day here
with Judge E. Y. Webb and fam
ily. They leave Christmas after
noon for Castalia to visit Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burrus are
spending Christmas in Mocksville
with Mrs. Burrus’ parents. Mr.
Burrus returns Monday and will
visit his parents in Morganton.
Mrs. Burrus will spend two weeks
The meeting: will be held in the
court house at 2 o’clock Tuesday
j January 4th and it is hoped t".
have the largest gathering of farm
ers present, that has ever assem
bled at one time in the county.
No effort will be made to turn
farmers away from cotton entirely.
Our farmers know how to raise
cotton and are equipped for its cul
ture, but at the same time they
are consumers as well as produc
ers, so the main effort will be to
drive home the importance of hav
ing more than one money crop. Cot
ton is neyeerily ope pf the twq.
The other, inoney crop might be
feed for livestock, gardens, poultry,
dairy products or pork.
■ .’Wfto drifting Ppifts, ,,
.. A successful campaign > of thia
nature.is declared to;be the "most
important and far reaching move
ment ever, launched in. Cleveland
county. Everybody .is directly or in
directly affected by the price ot
cotton and this year, the county was
given a set-back because of over
production of one community. The
coming year brings a crucial time
in the history of the county and
brings greater prosperity than the
county has ever enjoyed in the
Eight points on good farming
have been suggested by the state
and federal departments of agri
culture. It would be well to consid
er these in Cleveland right, now:
1. Each farmer should grow suf
ficient grain and roughage to
supply the needs of his work stock.
2. Grow an all-year round gar
den for the purposes of supplying
the needs of his family with the
necessary vegetables, and in most
instances have a surplus to market.
3. Keep at least 50 laying hens
to supply the needs of his own
family and have a surplus of both
poultry and eggs for sale.
4. Keep at least one family cow
to supply the family with milk
and butter, and wherever suffi
cient feeds are available, addi
tional cows to produce milk and
butter to be sold on the market.
5. Produce sufficient pork for the
family’s needs. If surplus corn is
available, increase the supply of
hogs so as to be able to sell on the
local market or to take part in
cooperative carlot shipments to the
larger markets, thus increasing
the family income.
6. Plant cotton only on the best
cotton lands, and restrict the acre
age to those lands that will pro
duce at least a half a bale during
a normal season.
7. Have at least two so-called
8. Begin a definite rotation of
crops, which should include a leg
ume crop grown on at least one
fourth of the cultivated acreage
each year so as to improve the fer
tility of the soil and ultimately be
able to reduce the cost of produc
Falls To Manage
Gaffney, Dec. 23.—R. B. Falls,
who took over the management of
the Baker-Kirby Printing company
in November, yesterday moved hi*
family from Shelby, N. C., to Gaff
ney. They will have an apartmenl
in the J. M. Bramlett home on Vic
SHOT ON HUNT
FOR YULE TREE
Howard Weathers, Son of Julius
Weathers Brought Here From
Fayetteville for Burial
The body of Julius Howards
Weathers, fourteen year old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Weathers,
was brought to Shelby yesterday
afternoon at 5 o’clock for burial
here this morning, the funeral
taking place at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Lloyd O. Bollinger on
West Warren street at 10 o’clock,
Revs. Zeno Wall and Hugh K.
Boyer conducting the funpral
Hunting Christmas Tree
Young Weathers, was the eldest
son of Julius Weathers, former
superintendent of the Shelby water
and light plants, now superin
tendent of the plants at Fayette
ville. For a number of years the
family has lived at Fayetteville
where the accident happened Wed
nesday afternoon. While returning
from a hunting trip near Fayette
ville with J. B. Bruton, jr., a boy
of about his age, Bruton’s gun was
accidentally discharged. The two
lads had been duck hunting on the
pond near the city pump station
and on their way home were
looking for a Christmas tree
Young Bruton turned aside to in
spect a small tree and as he die
so, his breech-loading gun, struct
a bough, pulling the trigger of the
gun. The charge entered Howard’s
body through the small of the
back. Death took place within a
The two boys were close chums
and the Bruton lad as well as his
family are greatly grieved, over
the sad affair. Dr. R. A. Allgood*
county coroner, was called to the
scene and made an investigation of
the facts surrounding the tragedy
He found it to be entirely acci
The Weathers family arrived in
Shelby late Thursday afternoon
with the body. J. B. Bruton, father
of the boy whose gun fired the
fatal shot, accompanied the , fam
fMargafof1’Weathers lived, Jgg
with her daughter," ifw'l i; a
BollingeV dn West, Warden street
apd the remains were taken to the
lives in Shelby together ' witht
number of relatives and friends oi
the family who are deeply grieved
over the sad affair.
Two other children survive is
the Weathers family: Wyatt and
Father of ShelBy Man Bur;e<
Tuesday. Dr. Wall Askibte in
Shelby friends of Mri W. Y,
Harrill, east Graham street, sym
pathise with him in the death of his
father Hugh A. Harrill who passed
away Sunday at his home at Ruth
erfordton at the age of 78. 'it®
Harrill was one of RutherfoVd's
most prominent and active citizens
being superintendent of the Baptis.
Sunday school for 27 years. He was
buried Tuesday, the funeral service
being conducted by Rev. M. A
Adams and Dr. Zeno Wall, inter
ment being at Cool Springs
tery. Mr. Harrill is survived by hi
widow and the following children
Mr. W. Yates Harrill, Mr. Grayse
Harrill, Mr. Kenneth Harrill, Mt
J. O. Williamson, of Charlotte, M
Edna Simmons, of Rutherfordtc
and Mrs. Sybil Williamson, of Cha
lotte. Two brothers and two sister
Mr. George Harrill, of Rock H
and Mrs. John Bell Harrill, of R
leigh; Mrs. Maggie Mauney,
Forest City, and rMs. Katie Lo
ranee also survive.
At Central Hote
The 25 members of the fire d4
partment enjoyed their first b»n
quet since the re-organization o
the department at the Central hote
Thursday night. An elaborate fee
was served. Chief Herman Esk
ridge invited Gastonia’s fire chie
George McClaughn and Firemai
Stewart over for the gathering an
all had a most enjoyable time. May
or A. P. Weathers was presente
with a handsome hat by the fire
men in token of their appreciate
ond of his interest in reviving th
fire fighting organization and furt
ishing the splendid equipment th
department now has.