VOL. XXXV, No. 16 PAGES TODAY 127 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 LATE NEWS Shelby Market. Spot Cotton __ 19e Cotton Seed, per bu.__ 60c Frost Tonight. 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. BELL COif110 REMOVE POLES IN BUSINESS SECTION \ 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. 1,070 Phones. 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 ! company store. One More Week For Guesses On Cotton Estimates Must Be In By Next Wednesday. Ginning Report Due Thursday. 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. 31. 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, WHO WILL WIN 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 Saturday. Two of Shelby’s biggest foot ball tussles of the year are to be staged here Friday and Satur day. 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 halfback. 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 "Pinkey" James. 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 Saturday morning. 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 This County Given First Fair Honors Raleigh, Oct.24.—Cleveland 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 , Hardin. 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 his county. Falls Sees Good Democratic Lead In County Voting Says High Man On Democratic Ticket Here Will Lead By 3,000 Votes. “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 tic chairman. 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. Other Figures, 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 tions. 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 Primary. 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 week. 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 i 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 Below Shelby. 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 North Carolina. The above statement is sup ported by actual facts assembled by state educational officials and published in the University News Letter. 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 coln. 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 North Carolina. 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 principals.” 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 est man. 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 Kings Mountain. "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 was stolen. The license number of the car was 322,500, and the motor number was 14195797. 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 rector. Following the formal opening to morrow evening, regular business will be inaugurated Friday. (MORE CITY NEWS Wil l, BE FOUND ON PAGE SIXTEEN OF THIS ISSUE.) I 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 i ior. 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 chants, 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 the evening. Both opening receptions will be •featured' with music, and the dis tribution of souvenirs, The store will be open for business Saturday morning. 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. Prowler Arrested. A young white man. prowling around hemes and begging in east Shelby was arrested at 3 o'clock to day. Citizens Here Arm Selves In Robbery Wave; Youth Shot “G. O. P. Dumb,” Says Dr. Delia Lexington.—“The White 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 night. 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 roll. “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 Eastern Carolina Biggest Crowd Since “Red Shirt” Days Hears Shelby Man At Fayetteville. 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 George McNeil. 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 record. 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 civil calendar. Burglaries Continue. Gun Fixed For Burglars Shoots Policeman’s Little Son. 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 households. 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. Citizens Arm. 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. Regular Masonic 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 | attend.