VOL. XXXIV, No. 2G
SHELBY, N. C.
WEDNESDAY, MAR. 2, 1927 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoon*. yeM (i"
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THE STAR’S REVIEW. '
The groundhog may be nothing
but an ignorant woodchuck,Cbut in
fi0me places the snow meawtrcd 12
inches this morning.
• • •
A local automobile firm ha3
changed hands, according to u
m.\V!. item in The Star today.
Rural mail carriers did not go
out today, it is learned by The
star, and bus travel in and out of
Shelby was held up for a time this
morning due to the heavy snow
Otto Wood’s book is said to be
selling fast since his recent pub
licity stunt. However, it seems that
,he '"one man crime wave” will be
in confinement long enough now to
■write another one, judging by Ra
leigh dispatches' to The Star.
The old-timers who quaffed the
kicking beverage drank themselves
drunk. Tiie latest method of getting
drunk is; to eat yourself into that
condition, says the report from the
* * *
Another man has been jailed and
bound over to court on charges con
necting him with recent store rob
* * *
An air mail stop at Charlotte
would mean considerable to big
business here, local business lead
! crs tell The Star.
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The mystery of the unidentified
| men who drugged and held up
Claude Weathers last Friday night
still remains unsolved, says The
* * *
A negro man is being held by
Tennessee officers with the belief
that he is wanted here for murder,
according to a message. So far of
ficers here have not been able to
connect the description with any
slayer of the past in this county.
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Among the numerous communi
ty items to be found in The Star
are full news accounts of Kings
Mountain and Boiling Springs.
Officials here today are invest!-'
Rating court records to see if a
negro man by the name of Peters |
was ever charged with murder in
this county. The investigation
comes as the result of a letter re-!
reived by Sheriff H. A. Logan from j
an officer at Murfreesboro. Ten- j
According to the letter a negro ‘
is being held there by officers who j
are o fthe opinion that he is wanted |
for murder here years ago. The let-!
ter states that although he goes
under another name it is thought
htat his real name is Peters. Offi
cers here plan to look back over j
old court records and see if anyone j
answering the description of the '
Tennessee man has ever beer,
charged with murder here.
It is remembered here that a
murder case of many years ago at j
(trover has been continued on the
(lockets through many courts. The j
murder charge is against a negro |
for killing another negro at Gro
cer, the slayer never being caught.
According to officers and others
about the court house the descrip
tion of the man in Tennessee does
not tally with Jim Lowery.
(R.v ono. F. Clart and Co.)
Cotton was quoted on New York
fxchange at 11 o’clock today:
March 14.50; May 14.5fi; July
J^8; October 14.81; December!
New York, Mar. 2.—Liverpool |
'^15 p. m. March 8, July 10, Octo
!eT ^ American points better than
Kaining over eastern belt last
iipht, mostly clear west.
Department of Commerce reports
rom London say British industry
8 intensely active with business!
eaders vigorous in efforts to make
!P for coal strike loss.
Memphis reports good spot de
mand. Advance in lotures stimu
a ed demand in Worth street yes
erdav, higher prices were being
0r* ' nthe afternoon. A number
! converters are complaining that
have not enough goods to take
are of orders.
Southern spot markets ten to 30
,nts up, sales 31,000 bales.
^><>k for higher markets on for
Kn and domestic trade buying and
to-easing speculation for a rise.
mnK any reaction will only be
Ask McLean To Speak
Kannapolis.—(INS)— An invi
'• ion has been extended Governor
\ can to speak at the commence*
n exercises of the Kannapolis
■to school here in May.
Tnese boy* fill up the great open spaces ot Glacier .National Park
jvlth song. The cowboy quartet is known to many tourists.' They
Ire tleft to right): Bullrig Tibbetts, Hackamore (Red) Hanson,
♦to Tibbetts and Dick Bronson . •.
Can American Women Restore King Cotton
To Hi$ Old Throne Over Sunny Southland? |
Fayetteville.— (INS)— Can
American women restore King
Cotton, long the monarch of the
sunny Southland, to his rightful
The North Carolina Fede?atjon,
of Women’s clubs says they Cih,
and Mrs. E. H. Williamson. df
Fayetteville, head of the
tion’s “Wear Cotton Caf
'3'rs they are go ng to do ij.
Leaders in the movefile*?
lieve that a nationaLcampai
the more extensive wear
garments as imminent,
to the fact that Northil
lead the way.
In a recent tour of
cities, Mrs. Williamson
found “wonderful •«
In Philadelphia and New York,’
particularly, she said, the move
ment has assumed a definite shape.
The Federation women are in
sistent that the movement is net
sectional in scope and that Lusi- j
ness men of ihe East with which
the committee chairmen talked
concurred heartily in this view, f \
That the federation women are ,
getting: somewhere in the “wear
cotton” campaign was evidenced
Saturday night when the city of i
Greensboro staged its Cotton Bali ]
According to federation offi- I
cials other club towns of the j
state probably will stage events>
along the same line in the nearj
future to encourage the wearing;
of cotton clothes.
The biggest day of the Federa-i
tion’s convention in Durham this j
May will be known as “Cotton I
Day,” the second day of the con
tention. At that time every wo
5*an attending the convention will
bo required to wear a coiton
dress. Prizes will be awarded for
dresses, spreads towels, and other;
'iTha ■waanh«ra,<< the state com
mittee in charge of the “Wear
Cotton” movement are: Mrs. E. H.
Will'amson, Fayetteville, chair-;
man; Mrs. C. W. Eradshaw,
Greensboro; Mrs. James Brodie.
Henderson, Miss Ruth Burke, La
Grange; Mrs. S. W. Tucker. Dur
ham; Mrs. John Gilmer, of Win
ston-Salem; and Mrs. J. L. Staten,
Qito’s Book Increases Sales After
He Gets More Publicity By Capture
Raleigh.—'INS)—Sale of Otto
Wood's autobiography, North Car
olina’s weirdest literary production
in several years, is reported to be
taking leaps and bounds, since the
notorious convict’s newest ‘ pub
The slim little volume, which
Wood penned when he was in
“solitary” and distributed from his
prison cell himself for “f'fty cents
and up,” is reported to have, sold
several hundred more copies since
v>:s last sensational recapture in
Terre Haute, Ind.
Wood was arrested in the Indiana
city and identified as ihe North
Carolina fugitive after ho was
wouned in an attempted single
handed hold-up of the Bull Drug
Store there. lie escaped for a
third time from the State Prison
fiere on November 22, 1926.
Wood was returned to Raleigh
from the Indiana city, and was
placed in his same old cell at the
State Prison. Wood’s autobio
graphy relates a daring carec- cf
crime. Wood boasts of having es
caped from prisons in Tennessee,
West Virginia, Florida and Ohio
in addition to his three dashes for
freedom from the Tar Heel pen.
Wood has about 30 more years
to serve on his sentence for the
slaying of A. W. Kaplan, Greeds -
Increasing In Use
Raleigh.— (INS)— Increasing
use of caynite, huge deposits of
which have been found in North
Carolina, will mean a larger mar
ket for the mineral mined in
North Carolina, according to State
Geologist H. J. Bryson.
Deposits of the material in t.'e
state will become increasingly
valuable with the continued use of
caynite, whclh is not only being
utilized as, a refractory material,
but also with disspore, a hydrox
ide of aluminum, Bryson said.
Until recently caynite has been
found only in small quantities in
the Eastern part of the United
Amid Snowstorm 1
Fort Mill, S. C., Mar. 1.—I.ast
summer a farmer friend of Dr.
J. R. MeAlhaney presented him
with watermelon, delivering it
at his office in the First Na- |
tional bank building. Probably j
due to the fact that water
melons were very cheap and
plentiful last season, Dr. Me
Alhaney did not trouble to take
the melon home, but left it in
his office where it has sustain
ed without apparent injury the
violent changes in temperature
during the past eight months.
Yesterday he cut the melon and'"'
found its condition just a little
over-ripe but edible and prob
ably wholesome. He is of the
opinion that if he had cut it two
weeks ago, he would have
found its condition first-class.
No preservatives of any kind
was used, and no care was
taken to preserve it whatever.
Nice, Italy.—John McCormack,
noted tenor, has joined the ranks
of reducing-fans and has thereby t
succeeded in materially altering;
his appearance and, incidentally,
gaining a fresh impetus in life.
He simply gave up his Irish diet—
butter, potatoes and bread and
got rid of 28 pounds while doing
Trap Gun Gets Man.
Cleveland.—A trap set after
three successive robberies of his
store caused the death of an un
identified man who was found by
John Hartman, owner of the store,
when he opened his store. He ar
ranged a shotgun so that foot
pressure on a box just below u
window would release the trigger.
Guilty Of Peonage.
New Orleans, La.,—John D. Al
ford, of Fluker, La., charged with
kidnapping and enforced servitude
of a family of negroes, pleaded
guilty in the Federal court and
was sentenced to six months in jail.
County Court Hears of the Latest
Bcvcrajfe With a Kick I'hat '
Is a Kick.
Wayne B. Wheeler and Andrew
Volstead, leaders in the move tc
eeep America “bone dry”, might
apon a vist to Shelby pick up the
information that it is possible to
?et tipsy without any liquid what
In fact, the latest method of
‘getting high” hereabouts is to eat
yourself drunk instead of drinking
yourself drunk. Necessary ingredi-I
snts are several soda crackers and |
a can of “canned heat”— the trade |
name of which is not be be mad? j
public for fear merchants could
not supply the rush.
The new jelly beverage made its
first official appealance in a court
room here Monday when Recorder
John Mull started to grind out his
customary court on the morning
after the week end. In two cases
the defendants admitted to getting
the kick out of the canned heat, and j
there was talk aboiit the court room
as how the sale of the new style
intoxicant might b«v halted.
Housewives of Cleveland county
perhaps have known of canned hert
for some time, but up until this
week it was not generally known as
an intoxicant. One defendant,, it is
said, had eight cans on his person
when arrested and no telling how
many in his interior. ;t takes from
three to five cans to get a man
gloriously lit it is said and just a
can or so more to get him canned I
provided an officer happens by.
The cans are said to cost about 20
cents each and with such competi
tion the price of bootleg is expect
ed to flop several hundred points.
Mrs. Ed Hawkins is Buried..•‘Social^
Clubs Meet. Personal Mention
Of People on the Go.
(Special to The Star.)
Boiling Springs, Mar. 1.—The
Philosonian Book club met at the
home of Mrs. J. R. Greene Friday
afternoon at 3:30. The home was a
scene of beauty with its decora
tions of spring flowers which were
artistically arranged. The meeting
was called to order by the presi
dent and after disposing the bu
siness a most interesting program
was given on the “North Carolina
Writers.” Interesting and enlight
ening papers which depicted the
true life of the mountaineers were
read by Mrs. V. H. Hamrick, Miss
Johnnie Maie McBrayer and Mrs
M. A. Jolley, piano solo by Miss
Lawrence, vocal solo by Mrs. B. M.
Jarrett. The guests other than the
members of the Club were Misses
Garrison Clark, Miss Lawrence of
the High Point school, Miss Georgic
Hamrick, Mrs. R. D. Hord and Mrs
J. M. Walker. The hostess served
an elegant ice and sweet course
The Busy Bee club met at the
public school Monday afternoon.
A new club song was learned and
the business matters were attend
ed to but there was no demonstra
tion at this meeting as it was im-j
possible for Mrs. Wallace to be
The Home economics dub met at
the home of Mrs. Z. O. Holland on
Monday atfernoon. To most of tl e
members this seemed an unusually
interesting and beneficial meeting.
The arrangement of furniture anti
how to make nooks and corners at
tractive was discussed by Mr-.
Wallace. As usual she gave some
valuable pointers on household
furnishings. The next meeting will
be with Mrs. O. P. Hamrick.
Mrs. Earl Hamrick of Shelbv
spent Wednesdoay night at the
home of Mrs. Ladd Hamrick.
The first team of the basketball
quint spent a few days of last week
at Mars Hill playing various teams
on the Mars Hill court. This team
won out in the preliminaries, but it
wasn’t long before our team had
to drop out, leaving Lattimore and
Forest City to contest.
Mrs. J. R. Greene, Mrs. F. B.
Hamrick. Miss Johnnie Maie Mc
Brayer, Mrs. Ladd Hamrick, Miss
Elizabeth Hamrick were Shelby
Rev. and Mrs. Rush Padgett and
family and Miss Marion Bridges of
Shelby spent Thursday night at
the home of Mr.'and Mrs. D. W.
Moore. Little Macy Carol Moore
accompanied them home for a few
Mr. and Mrs. Tint Hamrick and
(Continued on page five.)
than men, some say. but they do
not hold many posts in the United
Elates service.*' Miss Lucille Atch
erson (above) of Columbus, O.,
who was the tint woman in the
corps, has been assigned to the
legation at Balboa. Pana i '4 „
So Tar as can be learned,
nothing news has developed in
the sensational Claude Weath
ers kidnapping affair and
members of the Weathers fam
ily together with the general
public are puzzled over oddities
of the unusual attempt at rob
Indications now' are that
events transpiring last Friday
night may never be fully known
although Mr. Weathers himself
and members of his family c<re
making an attempt to locate
the men who drugged Weath
ers early Friday night and kept
him a prisoner until Saturday
Members of the Weathers
family together with Police
man Poston journeyed to Gaff
, ney this week where an attempt
was made to pick up any clued
that might shed light on the
mystery. However, nothing was
discovered that would tend to
offer definite clues although
it was positively checked up
that Weathers visited a garage
there looking for Wern prior
to the time the trade was made.
Unconfirmed rumors had it
that a man by that name was
known in the Gaffney region,
while still another rumor was
that a man by that name had
recently served time for con
viction of some charge at
Blacksburg, but local officers
say that so far as they know
the rumors have not been
Fine Scenery For
Smile Show Here At
Elaborate Costumes, Car-loads of
Nature:! Foliage and Flowers
For Local Talent Play.
The stage is set and everything
Is ready for the performance of
Shelby’s great "Home Town Fol
lies” show Thursday night at the
Princess. Because of the length of
the show the curtain will rise
promptly at 8:15 as the aisles of
the theatre are used for part one,
the “Childrens Slumberland.” The
childrens part is no small part of
the performance, it will be thor
oughly enjoyed by everyone, and
only those who are seated in time
for the beginning of the act will be
able to enjoy it. Patrons will not
be seated during the act.
The stage of the Princess has
been transformed into a beautiful
“Smileland” udder the direction of
A committee has been at work
two days building the artistic stage
setting. Carloads of natural foil
age, hundreds of chrysanthemums,
palms and other plants have been
used in the decorations. Magnifi
cent standing lamps and other prop
erties from the John M. Best Co.,
add much to the scene. It is said to
be the most elaborate stage setting
ever seen in Shelby. The costume."?
are elaborate in the extreme, not a
thing being left undone for a com
plete success. Shelby people who
will witness the production tomor
row night, have a great treat in
store for them.
Mr. L. D. Rice of the Princess is
Eats 54 Oysters And A Pie.
Asbury Park, N. J.—M. Wins
low Lawson, 67 year old farmer,
recently won a wager by eating 54
oysters, after which he ate a
numpkin pie as a “chaser.” He
suffered no apparent ill-effects.
Heaviest Snow In Yeats
Blankets Shelby Region
Twelve-Inch Snow Fell, It Is Estimated, With
Fall Measuring 10 Inches
The heaviest snow since 1917-18
is the local estimate on the heavy
snowfall of Tuesday and Tuesday
night with a measurement of be
tween nine and 12 inches Wednes
day morning and a light snow still
falling at intervals.
Despite the unusually big snow
for March the temperature did not
drop to any considerable extent.
The lowest mark recorded earij
Wednesday morning by the Ebel
toft thermometer was 32 above and
early in the morning the mercury
started climbing upwards.
Although no official measure
ment of the snowfall has been made
various reports coming into The
Star range from nine inches to a
| little over 12 inches, the majority
| of reports being around 11 inches.
Snowdrifts ranged from two to four
Traffic Held Up.
Early morning traffic in and'
through Shelby was held up for a
period Wednesday morning. None
of the big bus lines operating in
to Shelby had cars arriving early,
although the seven o’clock bus for
Charlotte left here on time but had
not arrived at Gastonia several
No Rural Mail.
It was learned from the postof
fice early in the morning there
would be no rural mail today, none
of the carriers going out as it was
estimated that few of them could
make their rounds through the
Local schools were in session to
day but held only one session, turn
ing out shortly after 12 o’clock,
and the general attendance w-as
light, according to reports.
City workmen began clearing up
town sfdewalks early in the morn
ing enough to permit pedestrian
travel and the horse-drawn drags
were on the streets several hour3
later dragging out a roadway al
though motor traffic had been mov
ing since early morning.. In the
uptown section one, of the water
hose from the fire trucks sms be
ing used to sweep the streets clear.
By 10:30 in the morning the
snow was melting fast under the
rays of a sun that promised to get
even warmer and the record March
snow apparently will not stay on
the ground for and length of time.
Started Tuesday Morn.
Snow' began falling early Tues
day morning and continued to fail
throughout the day with the ex
ception of one or two intervals.
However, the fall during the day
was not heavy and the ground was
sparsely coated. Late in the after
noon the snow became heavier and
by dark a driving blizzard was in
full force. About 11 o’clock Tues
day night heavy winds increased
the sw'ay of the storm and. drifts
began piling up.
Snow in General,
Chester, S. C., Mar. t.—Chested
has experienced the most seven j
weather today in many years. It
began snowing between 5 and 6
o’clock this morning, and in’ a few
hours it had reached the depth of
five inches, and by noon it had
gone slightly over that depth.
Much fear is entertained to
night by many over the safety-of
the fruit crop, much of which had
blossomed forth during the recent
Asheville Streets Covered.
Asheville, March 1.—The largest
snow of the winter, more than an
inch and a half, covered the
streets here todny. At 3 o’clock
this afternoon the thermometer
registered 29, with snow falling
Rock Hill Has Storm.
Rock Hill, S. C., Mar. 1.—Rock
Hill tonight was in the grip of the
worst snowstorm it had experienced
In Like a Lion.
York, S. C., Mar 1.—March came
in lion-like today, with snow be
ginning at 5 o’clock in the morning .
and continuing all day, alternating i
with sleet in the afternoon. The ;
snow had attained a depth of three
inches by nightfall, but would have
been much deeper if it had not
melted slowly throughout the day.
Union In Contest
(Special to The Star.)
Lattimore, Feb. 28.—Playing the
opening game of the non-accredit
ed high school basketball champion
ship series Casar completely out
played the fast team from Union
here this afternoon. The Mountain
Devils had the big end of the score
all the way through. However, the
lads from Union played good ball.*
The next game of the series will
be played between Banoah and
Casar in the new “tin can” Wed
nesday night March 2. Don’t fail to
see this game for it promises to
be an interesting contest.
Air Mail Stop At
Speed Mail Here
With the likelihood that Char
lotte, 50 miles east of Shelby may
land a stop on the Atlanta-New
York air mail route Shelby bank
ers and business men say that the
air mail stop would mean much to
Banks here having checks to
clear in New York could at the
the close of the day’s business
mail them to Charlotte for the
night air mail and have them
cleared the next day in New' York
ut a considerable saving of time
and money. Likewise local manu
facturing enterprises and other
big business here with New York
connections would be benefited by
the fast air mail service in trans
acting business usually requiring
either an expensive telephone call
or several days by mail. Air mail
will be carried it Is understood at
10 cents per ounce.
Dodge Agency To Be Litton Motor
Comes From Gastonia
Announcement Is made from
Charlotte that Mr. F. B. Litton, of
Gastonia, has purchased from the
Chas. E. Lambeth Motor company
their branch in Shelby, and the
Omn hereafter will- be operated as
the Litton Motor company at the
same location on South LaFayette
Mr. Litton has had many years
experience with the Dodge Broth
ers car and the Graham Brothers
truck and has been connected with
the Charlotte agency of the firm
For the past three years he has
been vice-president and general
manager of the Lambeth-Litton
Motor company at Gastonia. His
pa^fc, experience places him in a po
sition to handle his new purchase
here in an efficient manner and he
will be welcomed to Shelby by the
Prisoner Is Gone
WJien His Friends
Arrange His Fine
In county court here this week
a defendant was given a fine and
the costs, and the court moved on
to other cases. Later in the day a
friend of that particular prisoner
came along with the intention of
arranging the fine and costs that
would get him out of jail. A part
of the sum was secured and the
friend, according to reports, made
a trip to jail to see if the defendant
himself could contribute a little to
the total, and then came the dis
covery that the friend was not in
jail to be taken out. Later it was
learned that he had strolled out of
the court room after the trial and
had not returned to jail at all.
However, it has been learned, ac
cording to court officials, that the
defendant returned to his home
and intends to arrange payment of
Goes To Death
Bed Of Mother
Rev. William E. Allen rector of
the church of the Redeemer, Protes
tant Episcopal, left Saturday for
Atlantic City, N. J., having receiv
ed a telegram that his mother was
dying. Mr. Allen’s personal friends
and those of his fraternal order ex
tend their deepest sympathy to him
in his sorrow*
When Mr. Allen first took charge
of the little mission here the fu
ture looked doubtful, but his faith
ful little flock have been so loyal
that success must crown his efforts.
Six months ago the rector refused
a call to a parish in Washington,
D. C„ at a salary of $3,000 and rec
tory also one which offered many
social advantages. This ia truly one
of the many proofs how deeply Mr
Allen’s heart is in his work here in
which his bishop has so much faith
for the future.
ON APRIL FIRST
Name* Of Five Members Selected
In Democratic Primary Arc
■ Officially Confirmed
The five members of the county
board of education for Cleveland
county, nominated last year in the
Democratic primary, have been '
officially appointed in an amnibus
bill passing through the legisla
ture. Every two years the state
legislature appoints the county
board of education in the 100 count
ties in North Carolina. Cleveland
is one of the few counties in the
state that has reserved the right
by special permission to nominate
it* school board by vote, so lastffl
year in the primary W. A. Riuen
hour, of Kings Mountain; C. D.
Forney, of Lawndale; W. D.
Lackey, of Shelby; Ivy Willis, of
Lattimore and J. L. Hord, of
Waco, were nominated for a term
of two years. They were not voted
on in the general election in Nov
ember as they were un-opposed by
It is learned that in the major
ity of the counties in North Caro
lina the members of the county
school boards are nominated by
the democratic executive com
mittee and in turn ratified by the
Legislature at Raleigh, but Cleve
land is more democratic in that
the voters are given the oppor
tunity to select their school com
mitteemen in the primary.
It will be remembered that W. D.
Lackey ia one of the new members
to take office the first of next
month led the entire ticket in the
primary. Ivy Willis, another new
member is a former teacher of
long experience and is considered
a valuable addition to the board
hy reason of his contact with edu
cational affairs. Other members
of the board are present mem- '
bers. ■ SI
Another Johnson ®S
Held For Court
On Store Charge
Second Brother Bound Over in Con*
nection With Thefts at Maun*
ey Store. Four of Family.
Earl Johnson, who was held in
jail last week on the robbery
charge of the Roberts store in
South Shelby, and later released
whpn his brother, Harley, admitted
the theft and was bound over, was
himself bound over to court this
week on a charge udeging that h*
was connected with thefts at th.
P. M. Mauney store at the Or
mill village. Bond was set at $50
and was not given at the time, it i
This is the fourth member c
the family under bond to Superic
court. Harley’s mother and wife b
ing held in connection with tl
charges against Harley.
The charge against Earl came 1
light through a brother-in-law wh
officers say, stated that Harley
sent a package to Woodruff, S. C.,
said to contain som«, of the goodi
alleged to be missing at the Mauney
Prominent Citizen of Polkville Sue*
cumbs to Heart Attack. Wife
and Son Survive.
Mr. Albert (Bert) Whisnant,
well and favorably known citizen
of the Polkville section died Wed
nesday morning about 5 o’clock at
his home, following a protracted
illness with a heart trouble. Mr.
Whisnant was a veteran of the Civil
War, going away with the sixteeo
year old boys when the Confederate
forces needed re-enforcements. Mr.
Whisnant was a valiant soldier,
a devoted churchman and a splen
did neighbor with a host cf
friends who learn of his death with
a deep sorrow.
Mr. Whisnant wax twice married,
the first time to Lizzie Ledford.
After her death he was married to
Mrs. Frances Crowder, a sister of
the first wife. She survives, to
gether with one son Barrett Whis
nant by the first wife. He was in
his 76th year when the end came.
The funeral will be conducted
Thursday from Oak Grove church
and the interment will be in tho
Whisnant burying ground.
Gas Kills Stowaways
New York.—Two of five stow
aways who boarded the White
Star liner Ahriatic at Naples
were killed by coal gas while tho
ship was enroute from here to
Gibraltar. All would have died ex
cept for the timely discovery by
Frank Bewley, assistant engineer.