VOL. XXXV, No.
THE CLEVELAND STAR
SHELBY, N. C.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 1928 Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
By mai], per year (in advance) $2.50
Carrier, per year (in advance) $3.00
Spot Cotton __ 19e
Cotton Seed, per bu.__ 60c
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report Fair tonight, colder on the
coast, light to heavy FROST in
ventral and west portion. Thursday
fair, slowly rising trmpcrature and
Central west portions.
Norris For Smith.
What is considered one of the
most important political announce
ments of the year, one that may
mean several western farm states
going for Smith, was made last
night at Omaha by Joseph Knutsky,
chairman of the Agricultural Lea
gue of Nebraska, who staled that
on Saturday night In a speech at
Omaha Senator George W. Norris
would come out "flatly and un
qualifiedly" for Governor Smith.
Senator Norris Is a political power
among the farmers there.
REMOVE POLES IN
Plant Improvement Calls For Ex
penditure Of §30,000. Work
Is Now Underway.
A $30,000 plant improvement pro
gram was started this week by the
Southern Bell Telephone and Tele
graph company for its' Shelby’s ex
change, whereby all of the poles in
the business section of the city will
be removed, adding greatly to the
appearance of the up-town district.
Manager Sam Gault of the local
exchange says that underground
cable will be put down in the up
town section to replace the poles
and that over-head cables will be
extended on the following streets i
Grover street by the hospital, S I
Washington street, South Shelby, I
‘ West Marion street, West W’arren !
street, Lee street and out the Gleve- i
land Springs road.
There will bo three of four blocks i
of underground cable which will j
have facilities for taking care Of the j
growth of the exchange for years
to come. Already work has com- :
menced and a crew of hands will .
be engaged here for the next four
or five months.
Manager Gault says the exchange
Is growing rapidly. Ten new tele
phone stations were added during
the past month. Now the Shelby
‘ exchange has a total of 1,070 tele
phone subscribers, according to
Manager Gault and to care for the
increasing demands, another sec- j
tion of common battery switchboard j
is being installed in the exchange’s
plant over the Cleveland Bank and !
Trust company and T. W. Hamrick !
One More Week For
Guesses On Cotton
Estimates Must Be In By Next
Wednesday. Ginning Report
Those w,ho wish to make an es
timate on Cleveland county's cot
ton crop should do so during the
next six days. The contest, in which
the best estimate will win $5, will
close next Wednesday evening, Oct.
Tomorrow a new ginning report
for tile county will be issued and a
flurry of estimates is expected fol
lowing the report. However those
Who estimate after the report will
have only Friday, Saturday, Mon
day, Tuesday and Wednesday until
4 o'clock to get their estimates in.
Recent estimates follow: L. C.
Davis, 47,280 bales; Mrs. L. C Davis,
46.800; Mrs. John M. Camp, 46,350;
John M. Camp, 49,000; Mrs. P. B
Shields, 47,000; Mrs. V. S. Webber,
58,500; Mrs. Lee Melton 59,000; Mrs.
Gladys Phillips, 47,282; Miss Ollie
Belle Shields, 44,352; John Reid,
35,000; Gladys Phillips, 49, 873; J.
F. Ledford, 39,973; T. H. Abemethy,
48,990; A. G. Putnam, 52,000; S. C.
Jones, 43930; Giles Shytes, 44,372;
Otis Doster, 43,769: W. C. Harris,
47,250; E. H. Dillingham, 41,547;
Tom Hallman, 48,692; Mamie Hall
man, 44,996; Jimmie Brittain, 39,440;
L. M. Crain, 49,889,
SMITH OH HOOVER?
Find out from The Star cun
Tuesday night, November 6.
On election night The Star
will receive election returns
from all sections of the state
and nation both by SPECIAL
LEASED WIRE and RADIO
A steady flow of reports on
the election as the voles are
counted—county, state and
nation. BE IN FRONT OF
THE STAR BUILDING IN
SHELBY ELECTION NIGHT.
Two Football Tilts
On Here This Week,
Highs And Baptists
Shelby Battles Hickory Friday. Oak
Ridge, Boiling Springs On
Two of Shelby’s biggest foot
ball tussles of the year are to be
staged here Friday and Satur
On Friday the Shelby highs
take on Hickory, dark horse
bet for the state title.
Then on Saturday the Boll
ing Springs college eleven will
make its first appearance here
in a game with the undefeated
Oak Ridge prep school eleven.
Both games are highlights of,the
-year ai>d a week-end of fast foot
ball is in store for fans of tire sec
Hickory And Shelby.
The Shelby-Hirkory game ranks
second only in importance to the
Charlotte-Shelby game. So far this
season the Hickory outfit has not
been defeated while it was scoring
175 points to 25 points for its op
position of the year. Scores of Hick
ory people will follow the Catawba
eleven here as in that section a
victory over Shelby is always con
sidered one big step towards the
state title. In fact, in western Caro
lina football circles a high school
eleven is considered of champion
ship calibre "if it can lick Shelby
and give Charlotte a good game.”
Coach Shores will bring his hefty
Hickory outfit down with not a
single injured player, while Coach
Morris will send his blue-jerseyed
outfit into the game again minus
the services of Guy Bridges, star
Indications are that the same
Shelby eleven which faced Char
lotte will line up against Hickory.
Zeno Wall, knocked out in the
Charlotte game, will be back in the
fray and Shelby fans can vision
touchdowns with he and Capt. Gold
.able to go the full route. The two
stars Hickory will pit against Gold
and Wall will be ’’Red ’ Espey and
A College Game.
The Saturday’s game here will
border on college football. The
members of the Oak Ridge team are
seasoned high school players taking
a year or two of prep school train
ing before entering college and
many of the names in the Ridger
line-up remind of old high school
days. On the other hand Boiling
Springs will throw one of the heav
iest lines in the state and p hard
hitting fullback against the Ridgers.
inree pcriormers in uie Baptise
college line are former Shelby high
stars and Thompson, the big full
back, is rated as one of the great
est high school players South Caro
lina ever produced. The remainder
of the Boiling Springs eleven is
made up of high and prep school
stars of the two Carolinas.
The Cleveland county collegians
are being drilled hard this week by
Coaches H. G. Hammett and "Shine”
Blanton for their big game of the
year. Jack Caldwell, former Char
lotte high coach and Duke univer
sity star, will have charge of the
Oak Ridge squad invading Shelhy
The Boiling Springs student body,
it is understood, will attend in a
body and fill a cheering section in
the Shelby stands, while Boiling
Springs alumni from the two Caro
tin as are expected to cover the field
to see their school, now a college, in
its first big football test.
FETZEU DEFENSE TO
FACE RIDGE ELEVEN
(SpeCial to The Star.)
Boiling Springs. Oct. 24 —-The de
fense that made Bill Fetzer’s elevens
at Davidson and Carolina hard to
score on in years gone by will be
used by Boiling Springs college ele
ven in throwing back the big Oak
Ridge backs in Shelby Saturday.
Coach "Shine" Blanton, who is
county won first place and a
prize of $500 at the state fair
here yesterday, in the county
exhibit contest, with an ex
hibit showing practically all
the products of the county
and the farming methods used
there, after the judges had
spent an entire day weighing
the merits of the exhibits.
The winning exhibit was pre
pared by County Agent Alvin ,
Cleveland county scored
again when E. L. Weathers,
owner of "Lakevlew Farm,”
won the first prize of $200 for
the best ‘‘live-at-home” ex
hibit. County Agent Hardin
received great praise from
fair officials and visitors for
the big county exhibit which
he assembled and prepared in
Falls Sees Good
In County Voting
Says High Man On Democratic
Ticket Here Will Lead By
“The high man on the Demo
cratic ticket in Cleveland county
Tuesday week will have around 3,000
votes lead over his Republican op
ponent,” it was estimated today by
Judge B. T. Falls, county Democra
Judge Falls expects to see a rec
ord vote cast in the county jthis
fall, and almost twice as many
votes as were cast In the last gen
eral election In 1924.
In 1924 the voting was light, being
at least 2,000 vofes under that of
1920. In the election eight years ago,
1920, Cleveland county cast 5.116
Democratic votes and 2,978 Repub
lican votes, which was a Democra
tic lead of a little over 2,000 votes.
The Democratic majority in 1924
was about the same but there was
a general falling off in voting on
the part of both parties. The Demo
crats in the last election cast 3,836
votes and the Republicans 1,754.
Record This Year.
At the Democratic headquarters
here it is estimated that the coun
ty this fall will cast between 9,250
and 10,000 votes.
“It will be divided about as fol
lows: Democrats—6.500; Republi
cans—3,200,” declared Judge Falls
in checking over registration fig
ures and the vote in previous elec
The big increase in total votes is
predicted for two reasons—first, an
increased registration now of both
Democrats and Republicans, and,
second, due to the fact that 7,600
Democrats voted in the second pri
mary this year. In other words,
near 2,500 more Democrats voted in
the primary this spring than did in
the last general election.
O. Max Gardner, the county's
own candidate for governor, is gen
erally expected to lead the ticket.
coaching the Boiling Springs line
while Coach Hammett works on the
Baptist backfield, is this week pol
ishing Capt. Buck Coble and the
Boiling Springs forward wall into
a nice defensive front. Furthermore
he is using his tackles in the inter
ference and the Boiling Springs
backs should be able to get off in
better style than in previous games.
However, Blanton will have only
four days in building up a defense
and a stone wall cannot be con
structed in that time.
Satutday Last Day To Register
For Coming Election-Many New
May Be 1,000 New Voters Registered
In Shelby Alone. Add To
Saturday is the last day to reg
ister if you intend to vote in the
general election on Tuesday. Nov
ember 6. Be sure to register this
The heaviest registration in the
history of Cleveland county is fore
cast by registration officials who
have been busy for more than a
week registering new voters, includ
ing many women.
“We thought that the primary
this spring, when there were 10
candidates for sheriff, got every
known voter in the county and
Shelby on the books, but we are
finding many who have never reg
istered before,” one registration of
ficial edclared yesterday,
Julius L. Smith, registrar in Ward
One Shelby, has already registered
| around 200 voters and if there is a
i similar registration in other wards,
1 Shelby, with five voting precincts,
| may at least have 1,000 new votes
I Tuesday week.
SCHOOL COSTS fll
CITY ID COUNTY
LOW ON AVERAGE
Only 14 Counties In State Have
Lower Pupil Cost. Six Towns
School patrons in Shelby and
Cl' v ’nd county are educating
their children at a cost of S6.01
less per child than are the pa
trons of the average county in
The above statement is sup
ported by actual facts assembled
by state educational officials and
published in the University
In The County.
In Cleveland county the average
cost per pupil each year Is only
$20.54 cents, while the state aver
age is $26.55 per pupil.
In Durham county where the cost
per pupil is $50.16 the school cost
of each child each year is more
than twice what it is in Cleveland
county. Only 14 counties of the
100 in North Carolina have a lower
cost per pupil *han Cleveland coun
ty. In all adjoining counties the
cast is greater per pupil in the ru
ral schools. In Catawba the per
pupil cost is $35.02; in Gaston, $33.
57; in Rutherford $31.17; in Burke
$29.39; in Lincoln $26.13.
In other words the cost per year
for a Cleveland county school child
is $14.48 less than the cost for a
Catawba child; $13.02 les sthan in
Gaston, $10.63 less per child than
in Rutherford; $8.85 less than in
Burke, and $5.59 less than in Lin
Shelby Cost Low.
The cast per pupil in the city
schools of Shelby is also below the
average cost per pupil in city schools
of the state.
The average cost per city pupil in
North Carolina is $42.53, while in
Shelby the per pupil cost is only
$37.89. Which is to say that the
school child in Shelby goes to school
each year at a cost of $4.64 less than
the avearge city school child in
In the 35 larger cities and towns
of the state only six cities have a
longer per pupil cost than Shelby.
They are Washington. Dunn, Lex
ington, Smithfield, Morganton and
Mooresville. While the cost ir Shel
by is $37.89 per pupil the figures
show that in Asheville it is $60.56
per pupil; in Charlotte, $58.51; in
Salisbury, $43.61; in Gastonia, $40.
83: and in Hickory $8.58.
In a 25-year period, however, the
per capita cost for the average stu
dent in the state has increased from
$3.19 to $28.08.
"There are two primary reasons
accounting for the increase in an
nual per capita costs,” a statement
with the figures said "These are
(1) increase in length of school
term, and (2) increase in average
annual salaries of teachers and
Naturally in this county the per
pupil costs cannot be held at a be
low-the-average level because each
year there are scores of new pupils,
demanding new teachers, and by the
state salary scale the salaries of
teachers increase each year until
they reach the state limit.
Honest Man Sends
Money Order Back
To Shelby Barber
List in the records another hon
This week a travelling salesman
dropped in the Palace barber shop,
owned by the McWhorter brothers,
where he secured a hair cut from
Twitty Green, one of the barbers.
A conversation arose, as is custo
mary in barber shops, end the
salesman departed without paying
for his haircut.
On the following day there came
a money order sent back from
"I forgot to pay for that hair cut
yesterday. Here it is,” read the
message accompanying the money
order. The sender prove to be Geo.
Blevin, who travels out of Charlotte
for the Proctor & Gamble firm.
Marshal Man Has
Auto Stolen Here’
A Ford touring car belonging to
Mr. John Fox, of Marshall, this
state, was stolen Monday night
from its parking place in front of
the residence of Mrs. Alice Lineber
ger, on Sumter street. Mr. Fox re
tired about 9 o’clock and left his
car parked in front and as it was
not missed until Tuesday motming
he has no idea as to what time it
The license number of the car
was 322,500, and the motor number
invading Smith's Home State
Vast crowds greeted Herbert Hoover, Republican nominee,
and Mrs. Hoover upon their arrival in Governor Al Smith’s
own bailiwick, New York City, this smiling photo being made
as they left Pennsylvania Station for their hotel.
Two Big Department Stores
Open In Shelby This Week
Two new department stores—notable additions to Shel
by’s status as a merchandising centre—will swing their
doors open to the public this week;—one the Charles Stores
tomorrow, for a formal opening, and the other, the Acorn
Stores’, on Frday.
The first occupies the transformed former Paragon
Furniture Company’s building, on Warren street—converted
into an elaborate and tastefully decorated establishment;
while the Acorn Store will occupy a building on South La
Fayette, especially built for their accommodation, one of the
largest structures in town.
The Charles Store.
The Charles store, member of the
chain of the Charles' Stores, Inc., of
which this Shelby enterprise is ufut
number twenty-one, announces a
formal opening Thursday, tomorrow
evening from seven to nine o'clock.
It will be a gala event of its
kind, with music, and the distri
bution of souvenirs to add to the in
terest of the occasion. E. A. Milli
can. manager of the store, extends
a cordial invitation through this
paper to the public to be present,.to
give the once-oyer to an establish
ment of which the managing heads
are exceedingly proud.
A numner ot tne corporations
executives will be present to wit
ness the opening, which has been
well nigh feverishly prepared for
during the past week.
A big force of workmen , and
clerks has been busy night and day
unpacking and placing the big
stock. It is said that at least fifty
men arid women have been employ
ed to lay out the displays,
The Charles store Is a depart
ment store of a unique sort, han
dling merchandise listed from five
cents to five dollars. Amongst the
departments will be found such
standard lines as woiiren's and
men's furnishings, candies, sta
tionery, hosiery, millinery, jewelry,
notions, dry goods and yard goods,
The store will be managed by Mr..
E A. Millican, who has been here
for several weeks superintending
the preparations. Mr. Millican an
nounced Wednesday that visiting
executives for the opening will in
clude, Mr. H. L. Gtirkin. shoe
supervisor of the chain; R. A. Run
dio, superintendent of the Eastern
district: L. M. Bates, superintend
ent of the Western district and
Mrs. R. H. McNicholl, personal di
Following the formal opening to
morrow evening, regular business
will be inaugurated Friday.
(MORE CITY NEWS Wil l, BE
FOUND ON PAGE SIXTEEN OF
The Acorn Store.
The Acorn store occupies a com
modious home especially built for
their occupancy in South LaFay
eite street, next door to Montgom
ery Ward and company. It is a two
story structure tatiilt in conformity
with the style of the Royster block,
in which it is incorporated. It is the
first store in the town to boast a
sidewalk extension, which lends, con
siderable distinction to the txter
This store, which will house an
immense general department store
stock, is number eighty-seven of
the Acorn chain which, roughly
speaking Is about five years old. The
chain is an offshoot of the whole
! sale firm of Charles Broadway
' ltouss, of New York. one of the
' best known of the country’s mer
The chain is extensive, numbering
I stores in such remote states as.
! Texas, Florida, .Oklahoma, Ohio and
i Louisiana. :
This Shelby establishment will
hold a formal opening Friday. The
first reception to the public will be
held between three and five o'clock
in the afternoon, and the second
from seven-thirty to nine-thirty in
Both opening receptions will be
•featured' with music, and the dis
tribution of souvenirs, The store
will be open for business Saturday
The establishment will oe man
aged by W. D Alb n, who l as been
in Shelby for several weeks; but
there is also here K. S. McGee, dis
trict manager, who, with Mr. Allen
s: devoting lus days, and most ol
the nights, in getting ready to
greet the Cleveland county public.
A number of store managers of
the chain will be in Shelby for the
opening, including Q. G. Heaton, of
Gastonia: S. C. Byrd, of Lexington;
F, S. Brooks, of Hich Point; and
A, S. Harris, of. ’North Wilkcsboro.
A young white man. prowling
around hemes and begging in east
Shelby was arrested at 3 o'clock to
Citizens Here Arm
Selves In Robbery
Wave; Youth Shot
“G. O. P. Dumb,”
Says Dr. Delia
House has been dumb foi
nearly eight years, and it
needs a voice, even if it
shouldn't use correct gram
mar all the time,” Dr. Delia
Dixon-Carroll, of Raleigh, told
a large audience here Monday
The speaker harked back to
the uncompromising demo
cracy of her father and de
clared she had been an anti
Smith Democrat “when .such
existed before the Houston
convention.” Ninety-hine per
cent of her former objections
were found to be prejudices
and not reasons, said Dr. Car- i
“The ^hio ‘600’ gang and
the Harding and Coolidge ad
ministrations make the dark
est chapter in political his
tory,” she declared. “Mr.
Hoover sat with the gang and
kept his moutn shut, and has
not opened it yet.”
Hoey Speaks To
Record Crowd In
Biggest Crowd Since “Red Shirt”
Days Hears Shelby Man At
Clyde It. Hocy, local citizen,
whose campaign addresses for
the Democratic party have made
him a national figure and the
most sought-after speaker in
this section of the south, will
speak here, in his home town,
Monday afternoon at Z o’clock.
The address will be in the court
house during a recess of su
perior court. Hundreds are ex
pected to hear the silver tongue
which has been swaying voters
of the Carolinas and Virginia.
Fayetteville, Oct. 23.—“Herbert
Hoover never made a prohibition
speech in his life, never advocated
prohibition, and never voted for
prohibition,'' said Clyde Hoey here
this afternoon, addressing the great
est political gathering that has
been held in Fayetteville since the
“red shirt" days. The crowd heard
a speech that was universally de
clared to be the best that has been
made during the campaign. The
people came from all parts of the
country and nearby sections, des
pite a rain and an inconvenient
hour. In these circumstances it
was really a remarkable outpouring
Hoey was at his best and at times
roused his hearers to a high pitch of
enthusiasm. He was introduced by
Mr. Hoey said, in beginning, that
he was not going to discuss the
Republican party but the Demo
cratic party and its issues. He re
viewed the achievements of the
Democratic governors of North
Carolina from Aycock to Gardner
and made a strong appeal for sup
port of the state and county tickets.
Casar School Has
Good Record Made
The Casar school, operating in
its second year as an accredited high
school, is making a fine scholastic
Last year the graduates of the up
per Cleveland school, of which Prof.
H. Mi Loy is principal, were given
credits by which they might enter
college for the first time, and every
graduate under the new ranking has
registered this year for college work.
Some time back the usual Caro
linauniversity test was given to the
senior classes of all the high schools
in the county and in the test Casar
students not only ied the list in the
county but surpassed the state aver
age. The test was given on nine
high school subjects and the Casar
class registered 100 although the
state median, or average grade was
only 82.91. In only one subject.
French, did the Casar seniors fall
below the median.
One Week Of Court
Billed Next Week;
The superior court term conven
ing here next Monday with Judge
James L. Webb, of Shelby, presid
ing, will hold forth only one week
in the disposal of the criminal
docket and a few divorce suits.
On November 19. a special term
has been called to dispose of the
Burglaries Continue. Gun Fixed For
Burglars Shoots Policeman’s
Shelby’s burglary wave is get
ting to be the talk of the town,
and, incidentally, is causing
numerous citizens to lug home
six- shooters and automatics for
the purpose of protecting their
Since the burglary epidemic
broke out last Sunday night
other burglaries have been re
ported and eventful things have
happened, including the shoot
ing of a policeman's son.
Following the nthnerous robbery
scares the wife of Policeman H. L.
Cook requested her husband to oil
up and load one of his heavy duty
guns, which he left at home, so
that she might protect herself
while he was on his night beat in
the business section of the city.
Boy Shoots Self.
Tuesday morning at the Cook
home on Sumter street, Ed, the 10
year-old son of the bluecoat, got his
hands on the newly oiled and load
ed gun and the result was a bullet
hole through the fleshy part of his
lower left leg. The bullet was a steel
jacket and the wound was a clean
one and is not considered overly
serious for the youngster.
Cureiar Gets Gun.
Adding to the oddities of the sit
uation is the fact that in the most
recent robbery reported the bur
glar took a gun as his loot, per
haps deeming it necessary to arm
himself since owners of the homes
he is entering are doing so.
Monday night Mrs. Clarence Mull
accompanied by Miss Lossie Petty,
who rooms at the Mull home, jour
neyed to the Shelby hospital to
visit Mr. Mull, bank cashier injur
ed in the building disaster weeks
back. Returning home the ladies
noticed that things about the house
had been moved and an examina
tion revealed that the gun, which
Mrs. Mull had on top of her dres
ser for protection, had been stolen.
Several dresser drawers had been
opened but so far as Mrs. Mull
could determine nothing other than
the gun had been stolen. An un
latched window screen was silent
testimony as to how the burglar
made his entry and departure.
The big result of the little crime
wave is that there are more guns
in Shelby homes tonight than ever
before. Citizens, who heretofore
have left the latch-string on the
outside. have been rushing the
clerk of court’s office for permits
to buy pistols and in turn purchas
ing them at local hardware stores.
Others who had guns but have not
used them for sometime have been
taking them out, oiling and clean
ing them, and a visit to the bed
room of the majority of the Shelby
homes. now would reveal a loaded
gun deposited near the bed for im
mediate use in case of necessity.
Wears White Sweater.
First official notice of the bur
glary wave came late Sunday night
and early Monday morning when
an attempted entry was made at
the home of Dr. Zeno Wall. First
Baptist pastor, and a burglar was
discovered in the residence of Mr.
W. H. Hudson, who awakened to
find the intruder standing nearby
with a gag in his hand. The bur
glar escaped but Mr. Hudson de
tected that he wore a white sweat
er. and since that time white
sweaters attract quite a bit of at
tention when seen.
At first it was presumed. the
minor robberies ,and burglaries
were being carried on by a hanger
on or hangers-on of the carnival
playing the colored fair last week.
In no' instance has more than one
man been noticed.
Lont Olirguir itirur.
As it is the Ions burglar, if he is
such, is causing a coed many sleep
less hours in Shelby. Strange noises
heard in the night bring sleepy citi
zens upright in bed where they
keep alert for every noise for an
hour or more. Rat-traps going oil,
doors slamming, and natural
! creaks in the floor are causing a
; good many trigger fingers to
twitch in Shelby in the dead hours
of the night this week.
Incidentally, an auto was stolen
■ on a main residential street one
night early in the week, the theft
r iollowing a quite period tn which
1 the city had no stolen autos.
Meet On Friday
Cleveland lodge 202 A. F. & A M.
will meet in regular monthly com
I munication Friday night of this
week. Since it is the monthly meet
ing all local Masons are urged to