VOL. XXXIV, No. 180
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons
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SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 1927
I. score or more of public and pri
ll cadio sets are being tuned up
L„d around Shelby for the World
j,mPS which start Wednesday
l„„n with the New York Yan
Babe Kuth and . company
' „„ the Pittsburg Pirates, the
Lerful Waners and others, in
KsburRh. Several local radio deai
, will Sive public concerts each
1)#on at their business loea
I Cleveland county today was still
jlcthiR money from fair visitors
(County Judge John Mull started
.court to grinding on one of tin
Lest week end dockets in the
,•> history. Thirty or more de
cants were in the court room on
urges of drunkenness, gambling
fighting. The many arrests
Wf made by city and county offi
, and special officers patrolling
, [ajr grounds.
I Indications are that a large num
t of people from Shelby and
stern section of the county wilf
drml the Kings Mountain battle
Jound celebration on Friday.
(pjrn Swipes Norman Lee’s Car and
is Hurt When Car Turns
Mar.:-, [logger negro man of the
'ore;.!. City section of Rutherford
aunty may have many thoughts to
lay as he rubs his bruised body
lown m the county jail, but his
nain thought no doubt centers
,bout the warning that “the way of
he transgressor is hard.”
Saturday afternoon, between the
lours of four and five, Marvin no
iced a nice-looking Buick coupe
larked near the new Campbell
raildmu on Norm LaFayette St. In
stigation revealed that no one
tas in the car and that it was no'
Dcked. or so officers tell it. Mar
rin appor* !:-1;. \\ anted to take a ride
Anyway, a short time later the
tar. which belonged to Norman Lee.
Shelby insurance man, was fourd
ilmoM to-ally demolished out on
he Hopper hill north of town, and
he colored man. severely injured.
»-as brought to the county jail by
The car in going down the steep
grade turned turtle and kept doing
the turtle act until there was very
little left except the wreckage and
I colored man injured to a certain
extent and scared even more than
The trial of the would-be auto
thief, who wound up In jail, but
came near ending^ his trip in the
hospital or a funeral parlor, will be
held just as soon as the negro feels
like being moved from the jail up
to the coart house.
Champ Gets Crown
Sampson Floors York Checker Ex
perts Like Tunney Went After
York. s. c.,—It’s hapened at las*!
Yorks three checker heavyweights.
Joe Slhllmglaw. G. Andral Sherer
1,1(1 J R. Shillinglaw, who have
Ixvn knocking cut all visiting wal
lopers with such regularity that
York people deemed them invincible
hove themselves gone down for the
Worse still, they stayed down so
that there is no dispute as to
*hetlier the count was long or
®wt 10 seconds or 60 would have
■en all the same to them.
The York heavyweights tasted the
tt5ln in one, two, three order as the
JKult of a veritable fusillade of sav
blows—swings, punches and
nook; handed them by I. F. Samp
of Shelby, Cleveland county
temp and long rated as one ol
°nh Carolina's most formidable
Waiators of the checker arena. H :
. 110(1 York in response to an invt
wuot] to come down and show his
* He exhibited it—and it was a
After all three of the York play
f* "'ore down and out and the af
r ‘tad taken the color of an U.
ate contest, an urgent tele
E°n* message was sent W, D. Pea>,
nester county champ, to hasten to
( , rtT)rT the invading Tar Heel
save the day for glorious old
‘ Carolina. Peay readily re
naed to the call and was soon on
loolcin8 tn topnotch forrr
« all eagerness for the fray.
i went the first two rounds in
i lempsey fashion, slashing and
„ R ht, annexing both games. But
. ■ ampson found the range, the
s< ore being 11 to 4 and 1 draw
«fcwor of the strong man.
u, 0 checker battles were wit
( by a large and enthusiastic
* In !act the encounters furn
e<l York with a good substitut
or the Dempsey -Tunney fray
hroii..i ° Yortc Players have goi.
•lie worlds series of baseball
)u it another course of training
H pla» to take on
Estimate 83,000 Visited County Fair
Biggest Fair, Every Way,
Secretary Dorton States
| Last Day Of Fair, Saturday, Saw Biggest
Cash Attendance Of All. May Have To
Enlarge Fair Grounds To Accommodate
Another Such Mammoth Gathering.
All attendance records for county fairs in this section
were smashed again when the Cleveland County Fair closed
its Rates here Saturday night after the county’s fourth an
nual farm exposition.
The greatest crowd to ever visit a one-county farm show
clicked the turnstiles during the five days of the past week.
A conservative estimate of that crowd was around 80,000
people—the box-office estimate being 83,000.
In the five days the throngs a’
tending came from three states and
a score or more of counties along
the border of Piedmont North and
South Carolina. Numbered among
the thousands of visitors were a doz
en or more fair officials, who came
to look over the best known and
the best drawing county fair in the
Just how many hundred people
the counties of Gaston, Lincoln,
1 Burke, Rutherford, Catawba and
j McDowell sent to see the fair is
| not known, and from down in Soutn
! Carolina scores came from Chero
j kee and York counties, while there
| were numerous visitors from Ten
j nessee. Georgia and Virginia.
one more indication as to tne ter
ritory the fair drew from is secured
from the information picked up by
a football party. A Shelby car re
turning from the Furman-State
game last Friday at Greenville, S.
C., halted at a filling station near
Gaffney. One of the Shelby men
asked the proprietor: “Many people
around here going to the Cleveland
"See that stream of cars going
1 along there? I've counted over 100
1 this evening and I've been looking
at the fireworks myself."
Monday morning Dr. Sib Dorton,
fair secretary, and Mr. A. E. Cline,
fair president, were indescribably
tired but elated over the event.
“It was the biggest fair we've ever
had, and the biggest in every way.”
Dr. Dorton stated. “We had the
; biggest crowd ever, the best exhib
’ its. the best gate receipts, the best
show, and the best behaved crowd,
i I never dreamed of having the fair
i grow to such a mammoth thing! If
: next year is anything like the week
just closed we will have to make
the grounds, buildings and every
thing out there larger."
Although numerous assistants to
the fair secretary are working extra
hours a definite count of the total
attendance has not been completed.
The first day, Tuesday, was hard to
estimate because several thousand
school children were admitted free.
However, what is considered a con
servative estimate sets the total at
tendance at 83,000 with the biggest
paid attendance on the closing day
Tuesday’s crowd was estimated at
26,000 people; Wednesday, 10,000.
Thursday, 14.000; Friday, 15,000;
Saturday, 18.000 to 20,000.
Will Begin Here
On Next Saturday
The local University of North
Carolina extension class held its
first meeting here last Saturday
morning with Dr. McKee as in
Regular class work for teachers
will begin Saturday morning Octo
ber 8, at 9 o’clock. All teachers here
abouts expecting to take the course
this winter should be present next
Row At Road Camp
Gets Woman Injured
A row Sunday at a road camp on
Highway 18 resulted in the injury
of a negro woman. Claudia Crisp,
who is now a patient in the Shel
Reports from the hospital today
were that the negress received eight
to 10 cuts on the scalp, but it no',
thought to be in a serious condition.
The wounds were made, it is said,
by the butt of a pistol and shears
in the hands of her husband. A
quantity of liquor that got into the
camp is said to have started the
Mrs. 'Rush Oates returned to her
home in Asheville yesterday after
being with Mr. Forrest Eskridge
and Mrs. Will J. Roberts since the
death of their mother who was a
sister of Mrs. Oates.
Shelby’s Best Boys
Share In Football
Upsets Of Saturday
Arrowood and Peeler, Cup Winners
Here, In Two Big Gridiron
Two Shelby High boys of other
days had a hand in the two big foot
ball upsets of the college season on
Saturday. Oddly enough it was not
the first time these boys have been
Back in the bygone years a cus
tom was started at the high school j
here of giving each year a silver cup j
to the best all-around boy gradu • j
ating—meaning best student, best i
athlete, and an all-around clean
fellow. Four years ago Hugh Ar
rowood won the cup and passed on
to Davidson. Two years ago Melvm
Peeler drew the highest honor oi
his school and left to enter Duke
Saturday Duke university furnish
ed one of footballs’s major upsets
by defeating Boston university, a
big time eleven not defeated in two i
years. Peeler played right end dur
ing a portion of the game. On the
same day the Davidson Wildcats
pulled their biggest sensation of a
decade and walloped Florida, down
where they had never been heard
of. Hugh Arrowood played the en
tire game at left end and as usual
was one of the stars.
Indication, apparently, that some
nice honor picking has been done in
the past at the local high school.
AT D. S. TUESDAY
Annual Association Gathering Will
Be Held at Double Shoals
Tuesday and Wednesday
Groat preparations are being
made for the people of the Double
Shoals community for the meeting
of the Kings Mountain Baptist as
sociation to be held with the church
there Tuesday and Wednesday of
this week. Rev. John W. Suttle.
moderator, will preside. The assoc
I iation churches have a total mem
bership of nearly 10.000. Each
church will send delegates and !
these delegates will be cared for in
the following homes:
Beaver Dam—T. W. Spangler.
Bethlehem—J. W. Costner.
Boiling Springs—H. C. Royster.
Casar—J. R. Peeler.
Carpenter Grove—Andy Warlick.
Double Springs—S. C. Wilson.
Dover—W. S. Spangler.
Eastside—G. C. Eskridge.
Flint Hill—C. D. Seism.
Grover—W. F. Yelton and A. L.
Kings Mountain. (1st)—A. D.
Kings Mountain (2nd)—Joe Lank
Lattimore—J. T. Spangler.
Lawndale—Mrs. Mary Deitz.
Macedonia—Mrs. J. W. Spangler.
Mt. Sinaf—H. L. Francis.
New Bethel—J. W. Eskridge.
New Hope—C. R. Spangler.
New Prospect—W. E. Cornwell.
Norman Grove—Everet Spangler.
North Brook—Alex Costner.
Oak Grove—S. B. Eskridge.
Patterson Grove—W. C. Seism.
Patterson Springs—Lee Eskridge.
Poplar Springs—J. M. Gold.
Pleasant Hill—A. P. Spangler.
Pleasant Ridge—C. D. Spangler.
Pleasant Grove—Plato Cham
Ross Grove—Clem Royster.
Sandy Plains—L. G. Bowen.
Shelby (1st)—J. A. Horn.
Shelby (2nd)—Mrs. A A. Tone>.
Union—G L. Cornwell.
Wallace Grove—Evans and Frank
Zoar—J. M. Wilson.
Record Stalk Has
79 Bolls Of Cotton
On It; 3 Pounds
Mr. J. C. Davis, of McBrayer
Springs section, brought a stalk
of cotton into The Star office
Friday that was laden with 79
bolls. It was estimated there
was three pouids of lint in the
bolls, enough not only to make
grandmother a dress, but to
make her an entire outfit of
top things and under things. As
for flappers—oh, well—.
To eonvey some idea of the
size of the stalk, and its bearing
capacity, it is said an average of
twelve bolls to the stalk would
yield a bale of cotton to the acre
and that is above the average
in this county.
\ Odd Love Story
! Is Unfolded As
| Death Comes By
Darling Of World’s Greatest Circus
Lives In Henhouse With
Lover. Tragic Story.
(By Carl Helm in New York Amei
This is the story of Happy Henry’
Roth, middle-aged, amiable ne'er do
w’ell of a Long Island village, and
of Carrie Roth, his wife, and of
their love that rase above all.
She died a few days ago, and
now it can be told.
Some twenty years ago she was
the "Queen of the Air" in Bamum
& Bailey's circus. The darling of
the greatest show on earth, the
star of the Hying trapeze.
Young, blond, lissome, she was a
thing of brave beauty to turn men s
heads and break their hearts. When
the greatest show went to Europe
on tour even kings and queens ap
plauded her, and she was received
at their courts.
The circus was playing Berlin.
The great crowd' applauded as she
swung through • the air. Then
something went wrong. She grasp
ed for the trapeze bar—missed
hurtled down to the tanbark--lay
gasping and broken. The circus
moved on. Almost a year she lay in
a hospital. One day she left, crip
pled for life. She took ship home
for New*York, landed almost pen
niless. Her friends all forgot her.
In the hospital, to relieve liei
pain, they had given her narcotics.
Now she was a fiend for the drug,
she could not live without it. ft
eased her body and eased her mind
—it made her forget.
It is certain that “Happy Henry"
Roth never had heard of the
“Queen of the Air.” He w»as an
odd-job man in College Point. L. I.,
and people gave him old clothes
and a back-door dinner for the oc
casional labor he found it neces
sary to do. He lived all alone in an
old garage and found life to his
liking. But one day in spring, six
years ago, he felt he would like a
wife. He put an ad in a matri
monial paper and awaited results.
Prom •Strasburg, in the coal reg
ion of Pennsylvania, came reply.
One who signed herself "Carrie
said she would marry Mr. Roth if
he would stipulate that never, un
der any circumstance, would he
ask her about her past. Mr. Rotn.
who had nothing to lose and all to
And so they were wed in College
Point, and Carrie Roth went to live
in the old garage. ‘ Happy Henry"
now bestirred himself to find odd
jobs were few he went without
eating. He could live without food
his wife could not live without her
portion of drug..
Work ran out. They moved then
belongings up to the shore to the
village of Whitesone, where a
kindly man let "Happy Henry" and
his wife live in an abandoned hen
house for doing some chores. They
fixed it up with shingles and cur
tains and planted some flowers, and
life seemed good to the both of
» * .
There came a day when "Happy
Henry”rummaging, found an old
portmaneau that belonged to his
wife. It fell open and revealed a
stack of newspaper clippings—
stories about the beautiful “Queer
of the Air,” and photographs of
her blond, lithe loveliness. He
could scarce believe his senses, bu:
in the haggard and wrinkled fea
tures of the broken woman who
was his light o' love he could trace
-the outlines of that beautiful face.
Carrie caught him with the clip
pings, and she made him promise,
as he loved her, never to tell any
body, and never to mention what
(Continued from first page.)
I ' .
HIGHS WILL PLAY
KINGS MI. FRIDAY,
ONE WIN ALREADY
Team Pointed To Next Game After
Taking Opening Contest From
Feeling none too chesty after
nosing out at 6 to 0 win over Lite
strong Belmont Abbey eleven here
last Friday the Shelby Highs are
being pointed at the game on the
coming Friday with Kings Moun
The contest will be played in
Kings Mountain and it is hoped to
have a large delegation of local
backers with the team.
No Impressive Win.
The Highs vistory in their open
ing game was nothing to write
home about. Morris' boys might
have made another touchdown or
so. and at the same time there wxre
two quarters in which it seemed
only reasonable that the Catholic
prep eleven should emerge vlctori
After looking over the 1927 edi
tion of the Shelby Highs the con
clusion is somewhat similar to that
of recent years: A fair backfield
with no line to speak of. With one
of the old-time lines the present
Shelby backfield with its veraUlity
could have tramped the Abbey
Early in the game, before the
heat wore down the Shelby eleven
with no substitutes to go in. the
locals chased over a touchdown, Erl
Harris, veteran back, carrying the
ball across the marker. Thereaitev
Shelby threatened to score only
once more when in the final min
utes of play Beam and Bridges be
gan riping off long end runs, but
iW«re tackled by the whistle be
fore getting over. In between those
periods a young fellow, Branch by
name and quarterback of the Bel
mont eleven, enjoyed himself thor
oughly in ripping the Shelby lines
to shreds. In the parlance of the
side lines Branch was “a pain” and
the green Shelby line, weakened in
the heat of baseball weather, just
could not hold his plunges. Yet his
plnnges could not make the dist
ance necessary for a score due to
the secondary defense and roving
play of young Billy Grigg. Time aft
er time the hefty Belmont backs
let the pigskin roll out of theiv
arms after being fiercely tackled by
Grigg and Cline. With the remain
der of the team playing a headup
game to recover the fumbles Shel
by was saved from defeat.
Time Will Tell.
Fans w'ho have been packing their
bags to accompany a Shelby eleven
to Chapel Hill this year may as well
dump the extra shirt and a tooth
brush out on the dresser and wait
The missing spark plug in the
eleven handled by Coaches Morris
and Falls this year cannot be laid
to anything except a lack of ma
terial. Substitutes are badly needed
when fotball is played in swimming
weather and substitutes are just
the things the Shelby coaches do
not have. One line with one excep
tion played the entire game Fri
day because Morris did not have
anyone else to send in. The second
backfield rested the four ponies for
a quarter or so, but the original line
had to stand it for four quarters,
and perhaps that is why it did not
look so good. Three of the promis
ing linemen stopped coming out for
practice, two more are injured and
when the whistle blew Friday Shel
by had only eight line players.
The play of Grlgg ana come m
the line looked good at times, while
as usual the ground gaining was
(Continued on page three.)
Police Chief In
Quick Trip To
Shortly after noon Saturday with
crime somewhat dual about Shelby
Police Chief A. L. Richards decided
to “go up in the air' and see hov,
other police chiefs handled traffic
during the Saturday rush.
In 40 minutes after making the
decision he had overlooked several
towns in two counties and was back
directing traffic here.
Believe it or not, it's so.
Chief Richards and Mr. Hope
Bryson, of the Cleveland Oil com
pany, made an airplane trip to
Rutherfordton and back with N. H.
Langley, pilot of the commercial
plane at the Cleveland Springs
"Enjoyed it. fine,” the chief said
upon his return, “but a fellow can’t
help but have a few thoughts when
he is up there looking down.”
Lindy Coming To Spartanburg Next
Week In His Plane—Expect Thousand?
To Hear Aviator And Richards In Talks
Spartanburg. Oct. 3.-—Weather
forecasts and cotton crop estimates
and even predictions as to the out
come Of the world series. have
largely given place in Spartanburg
to estimates of the number of visi
tors who will come to the city on
>October 12 to see and hear Col.
Charles A. Lindbergh, who will land
the "Spirit of St. Louis" here at 2
o'clock on that date and remain un
til the following morning. Atlanta
is said to be predicting that IJpO.OOO
will welcome Lindbergh there En
thusiastic Spartanburg citizens
point out that there are more peo
ple within a radius of 150 miles of
Spartanburg than within a similar
area with Atlanta as its center.
Therefore, it is argued, the number
of visitors to Spartanburg should
not fall so far below the Atlanta
crowd Nobody believes that there
will be half that many here, but ev
erybody is convinced that there will
be more thousands than can oe
counted on the fingers of two
Pinal arrangements have been
made with the railroads entering
Spartanburg for reduced fares. The
rates in detail will be advertised
throughout the territory concerned.
Pares from Augusta and Columbia
will be *2 for the round trip, while
from Asheville., Westminster, and
Charlotte, the fare will be *1.75
Proportionate reductions will ap
ply from intermediate points
The program has been tentatively
arranged, and awaits only the ap
proval of Col Lindebergh's mana
gers. He is to arrive promptly at 2
o'clock in the afternoon. Shortly
thereafter he will be taken for a
drive through the city, at the head
of a motor parade . No pedestrian,
are to participate in the parade, as
it is desired that a speed of at least
IS miles per hour be maintained No
"fancy features" are to be permit
ted. The parade will end at Duncan
park, where Colonel Lindbergh and
Governor Richards are to make
During his stay in Spartanburg.
Colonel Lindbergh will be constant
ly guarded. Even when he retires to
his room in the hotel, two police
officers will be on guard in the cor
ridor all night. These precautions
are necessary, his managers state,
to protect him lrom the intrusion.-;
of those who make all kinds of ef
forts to meet and greet the great
flyer. His plane, also, the “Spirit oi
St. Louis,” lies constantly guarded
and is surrounded by a heavy port
able iron tense as soon as it lands
Colonel Lindbergh has stipulated
that special provision shall be
made for the accommodation of
school children at his open-air ad
dress. They are to be placed near
the stand, so that they can see and
hear- the hero without difficulty.
Numerous bands will add to the live
liness of the day and evening.
Every conceivable detail for the
handling of the enormous crowd of
visitors is being given attention by
those appointed for that purpose
and Spartanburg hopes to leave
nothing undone to assure an enjoy
able day to her visiting throngs.
City Water Shows
Up Well In Test
An analysis of the city water
made by the state laboratory of hy
giene at Raleigh shows the water is
almost perfect condition. Prom a
sample reported Tuesday of last
week there was no sediment, no
turbidity, no Oder when hot or cold.
The color was found to be 10.
Hardness is normal, alkalinity 11.
which is standard, no trace of alum,
only 2.5 parts per million of chlor
ides, no nitrates. It revealed the
same test of hydrogen-iron as dis
tilled water and no prevalence of
disease carrying germs. Mr. Toms,
superintendent of the water and
light plants says all reports by the
hygiene department have shown the
water is in excellent condition but
this is the best report ever made.
Holland Has Ford
Stolen At The Fair
Mr. T. M. Holland, aged farme:
living near Jolley's store in No. 2
township is minus a Ford coupe
Which was stolen from the fair
grounds Friday night. Mr. Holland
had parked his car on the outside
and gone inside to witness the at
tractions. When he returned the
Ford coupe was gone, together witn
his license card which was the only
record he had of the engine num
ber. The license card was in i
pocket in the car. Sheriff Logan
is securing the engine number from
Raleigh and wil advertise for th(
recovery of the car.
Off To Receive
Dr. J. W. Harbison.
Dr. Harbison left yesterday lor
Detroit, Mich., where he will have
conferred upon him a fellowship de
gree in the American College of
Surgeons, a high and merited honor
which Dr. Harbison has won after
years of successful operations. From
Detroit, Dr. Harbison goes to Roch
ester, Minn., to attend surgical
clinic at the Mayo Brothers famous
hospital. While Dr. Harbison is
away for two weeks. Dr. Sam
Schenck is surgeon in charge at the
Shelby public hospital.
\!ew Cop Goes On
H. L. Cook, of .Salisbury, With Ele
ven Years Experience New
Another new face made its ap
pearance in the ranks of the Shel
by police force at noon Saturday.
The new policeman is H. L. Cook,
of Salisbury, and he takes the
place made vacant on midnight
Friday by the called for resignation
of Policeman Marshall Moore.
’ Last week it became known that
Policeman Moore had been asked
to turn in his resignation to take
effect on the first of the month,
which was Saturday. But at the
time Mr. Moore, who is a candi
date for county sheriff, stated that
he would not resign and that the
“rollers” would have to be used.
Whether or not they were is not
known, but it was stated Saturday
that Moore completed his police
duties at midnight.
The new officer has had eleven
years experience as a policeman, it
is said, eight of these years being in
Husband Dies Before
Miss Christine Jones Learns oC
Death of Her Husband in Can
ada. Married in June.
Miss Christine Jones has receiv
ed report from Windsor. Canada of
the death of her husband who ex
pired suddenly on a trip to Canadu.
Miss Jones who is a native of this
county and well known here was
married to Mr. D. Eura McKinney,
last June but the marriage was kept
a secret. Miss Jones or Mrs. McKin
ney was called to do nursing in Ne
vada and left North Carolina to
join her husband who was a native
of California. Their marriage was
still kept a secret from N. C. friends
Later Mr. McKinney was obliged to
make a trip to Canada and as the
wife did not want to make the trip
and as fhe husband did not want
her to continue her duties as .}
nurse, she returned to N. C.. to live
with her father until her husband's
return about Christmas. They
agreed to keep their marriage a
secret until they were together
again about Christmas, but now
since the death Mrs. McKinpey
made public the marriage which
took place last June.
Mr. McKinney died in Windsor,
Canada as he was leaving the din
ing room of his boarding house aft
er supper. His death was due to
heart failure, it is said. He had hjp.d
several spells with his heart, but
his health was said to be good. The
friends of Mrs. McKinney deeply
sympathise with her in her be
Minister Aids Youth Whom Some
Think Tried to T&ke
His Own Ufa
The wheels of an automobilo
driven by a colored cotton picker
almost ended the life here Satur
day of a youth who left his home
to follow the glamour and glare of
the ballyhoo and apparent gayety
of a show life.
His dream—common to the
dreams of youth—failed to mater
ialize. and Saturday morning, de
jected, disappointed, heart-sore and
hungry he came within an inch of
Joining the Biggest Show of all un
der the Big Top.
The story is a tragic one, though
similar perhaps to many connected
with the boys who pass in the night
On Church Steps.
Early Saturday morning as a
stream of automobiles began to
wend their way to the bustle of the
fair grounds, a slip of a youth idled
against the steps of Central Meth
odist church, corner of Washington
and Marion streets. A big Chrysler
came hurtling by and those who
saw the youth a moment before
near the church steps again saw
him crumble in the street almost In
the path of the car. But the car
swerved and passed to one side. A
gasp of relief escaped from bystand
ers—and there came another car
and down went the crumpled form
under the wheels.
Back to the steps of the church
they carried him, those who had
witnessed the tragic little play of
life that had not taken more than
30 seconds. How it happened, why
it happened, no one seemed to know
Suicidal attempt? Accident?
A few minutes later Dr. H. K.
Boyer, pastor of the church, came
by on his morning walk. Noting the
excitement he stopped for a mo.
ment Questioning brought out that
the boy’s name was Carrico and
that he was from Virginia. Dr. Boy
er once knew a Carrico family there
and had the Injured youth carried
into his study.
There in the quietude of the pas
tor's nook the boy was persuaded to
tell part of his story. When he ha<J
finished Dr. Boyer knew ihat he
was a member of the Marion, Va,
family that Re wag acquainted with,
but that was about all. The youth
was secretive. Apparently he didn't
want the folks back home to know
of his plight. The minister of f ered
to telephone them; the boy object
ed. Then came the query 11 he tried
to take his own life and such an act
Cit With Show.
The story the youth told in brief
was that some months back he lets
his Virginia home to become a
trailer of a show, one of those-to-bi
pitied characters so well depicted
by Jim Tulley in his famous booi
"Circus Parade". But the gayety ;
the show folks, the raucous yells of
the ticket sellers, and the painted
smiles of' the show girls are .»
great lure to boys. What boy, in
fact, has not at -some time in his
life wanted to run away with a
show? But that gets away from
Thursday, the youth told the
minister, he became violently ill
with a headache. “They,” apparent
ly referring to the show folks, gave
him several* tablets. “Since that
time,” he told Dr. Boyer, “I have
not had any sense atall. I didn't
try to kill myself. I just eouldn t
walk and fell down in the streets."
Broke, No Job
Other queries brought out the in
formation that after he became
sick he lost his job as a handy man
about some side show and had been
walking the streets broke and hun
gry, and apparently dazed since
, Dr. Boyer gave him enough
money to get something to eat and
followed him to a cafe near the
Southern station. There he lost
track of the youth. Discussing the
incident Dr. Boyer stated that he
believed something was wrong with
the youth's head. His legs and
arms were skinned and his hips
bruised when he was struck by the
car and realizing his condition tho
Methodist minister was still desir
ous of communicating with the boys
people back in Virginia, but since
he left to get something to eat
nothmg has been heard of him.
The grandeur and gayety of the
midway was not what it seemed on
the surface to him.