- Girl Pilot Flirts With Death
I ... —--—
Piloting a tiny Waco plane. Eleanor Smith. 17.
Long Island society girl, flew under all four
of East River bridges—the Queensboro, Wil
liamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn—to give
Manhattanites the greatest thrill of recent
years. The splendid action photo shows Miss
Smith (inset) in her craft immediately after
diving under one of the spans.
Mail Order Bride, Cheated
Cancels Her 2-Cent Hubby
Deacon Sleet, Won By a Postal,
Fades Right Ont Of
Tehulft, Miss.—For a paltry two
cent stamp Unde Sam transports a
letter, and thereby changes the
destinies of perhaps a score of per
No one knows what store of trag
edy, romance, happiness or anxiety
is packed into a half-dozen envel
opes in a letter carrier's hands.
Surely Nellie Wallace, of Tehula,
Miss., and Deacon Joe Sleet, of El
Paso, had no idea how they were
shaping their futures when they
addressed their envelopes to the
“Get Acquainted" column of a cer
tain western newspaper.
It’s getting ahead of the story to
mention it at this time, but—Nellie
later reflected after Joe became her
Cost Two Cents.
“He cost me the price of a fwo
cent stamp and, believe me, he's
not. worth it to me!”
Joe's and Nellie's was literally a
“‘mail order courtship.” Nellie's
first letter was printed in the mag
“I'm not a flapper, but would
like to correspond with men and
women between the ages of twen
ty-five and thirty-two.”
Out of an avalanche of replies
Nellie singled out Joe Sleet's as the
most interesting, and there ensued a
correspondence that, within a
month, behaved like a thermometer
on an August day. “Dear Nellie’’ be
came "Sweet heart.” Photographs
and locks of hair accompanied sta
tistical descriptions. Letters were
signed with multiple “XV and pic
tures of bleeding hearts, until Nel
lie found herself aboard a Texas
bound train, to become the bride of
the ardent deacon.
Tire wedding took place in the
home of Joe and his mother. Joy
ous in their new-found love, and in
their escape froth the boredom of
single life teach had been married
before>, the couple felt that a Cu
pid in letter carrier's uniform had
certainly functioned well.
Then the mother-in-law trouble
began; the younger Mrs. Sleet and
the elder Mrs. Sleet found they had
nothing in common except their
last name. Next, the blissful bride
groom discovered he had failed to
make Mire of his wife’s cooking
ability. It was negative. Finally Dea
con Joe Sleet staged a. fade-out.
The disillusioned bride moved to
a neighbor's house, and planned a
divorce suit oh grounds of desertion,:
only to find her husband had filed
a petition charging iie had not only
refused to prepare his meals, but
had demanded that his mother
leave their home, and had even
threatened her, -t
Famous Writer is
Dead In New York
Nov. York, Oct. 23.—George Barr
ificCutchecn, author of the Grau
stark book.-,'and many other novel-.
and short stories. dropped dead to^ay ]
ju.' t after Hiiv'hmg with a group of
He had been seated at a table':
of the weekiy luncheon of the
Butch Treat r:\b.tn the Hotel Mar
tir.que with Liren Palmer, Arthur j
Train, Thomas 1, Mabson and Rob-,
ert Dickef. When dessert was serv
ed he arose and made his v ay to a
washroom where he collapsed.
Shelby People To‘
S. C.-CIemson Csame
Quite a number of Shelby people
will leave early in the morning for
Columbia, s. C., to visit the South
Carolina fair and to roe the Ciem
scci-South Carolina football game
to be played at noon Thursday. i
A score or more of other fans
wOl leave Friday night and early
^ Saturday morning for Chapel Hill
to see the Carolina-Georgia Tech
Couples In Section
“Hitched” In Gaffney
Two Shelby Couples In Cupid List
At l'ork, Forest City Among
GaffneyNine white couples ob
tained marriage licenses from Judge
Lake W. Stroup last week. They
were as follows:
Harry Wiggins, 21. Enoree, and
Lucile Owensby. 17. Cowper.s.
Joe Gaffney. 24. Forest Cit*’. and
Corrie Robbins. 18. Henrietta.
Monroe Childers, 21, Gaffney, and
Evie Stacy, 20 Kings Creek.
Lester Harmon. 22. Kings Moun
tain, and Dessie Lovelace. 20, Kings
Richard Allison* 21, Gaffney, and
Douglas Vinesett, 21. Gaffney.
Tom Summers, 22, Forest City
and Dee Toms, 17. Forest City.
Curtis Turner, 19, Shelby, and
Edith Williams, 18, Shelby.
Dexter Powell. 21, Cherryville, and
Eva Stilwell. 18, Cherryville.
Carl Turner, 21. Shelby, and Mary
Elizaoeth Chapman, 18. Shelby.
Denies 11c Ever Said Dollar A Day
Was Sufficient Pay For
Raleigh, Oct. 22.—O. Max Gard
ner, the Democratic-" nominee for
governor today took a leaf out of
the book of Governor Smith, the
Demcratic nominee for president,
who more than once in this cam
paign has issued statements m de
nial of alleged "whisper" against
Gardner declared untrue a report,
which he said had been widely cir
culated against him. to the effect
that he had once said a dollar a day
was sufficient pay for labor. In am
plifying his denial: the candidate
said his own cotton mill at Shelby
was sufficient, answer to. the charge
because it paid its weavers $6 a
A prediction that, the Dpthpcratic
vole in this state will increase 100,
000 over the figure for 1020^ while
the Republican will show a gain ol
40.000 also was made by the nomi
O. M. Mull, chairman of the
state executive committee, esti
mated- that the total vote cast in
North Carolina would be 700.000.
'How many of them will Smith
getHe was asked.
•He'll get enough," was the chair
man's reply. '
Cherokee To Vote On
Bonds For Courthouse
Gaffney, Oct. -23.—‘Voters of
Cherokee county witr go to the polls
November 6. to vote for or against
the issuance of bonds in the sum of
$125,000, with which to erect a new
court house jn Gaffney.
The county delegation has so"
fixed the matter, as to put the mat
ter tip to the voters.
If the Issue passes the new struc
ture will be erected on property the
county already owns near the pres
Cherry To Address
Rutherfordton, Oct. 23.—State
Commander R. G. Cherry, of Gas
tonia, of the North Carolina de
partment of the American' Legion
will deliver the principal address at |
the annual banquet of the Fred |
Williams post No. 75, American Le- ,
gion here on November 10.
OF AL AND HERB
Smith Likes Papers And Docu
ments; Hoover Biography And
New York.—Herbert Hoover does
most, of his reading in the strangest
hours of the 24, between 2 and 5 in
the morning! He sleeps before and
after that period, averaging between J
five and six hours a night of slum- i
Governor Smith does his reading
at the more conventional hours of;
the day and evening.
Hoover just now is making biog- j
raphy and autobiography of great!
statesmen his literary hobby—topped j
off with innumerable detective;
Smith reads at the breakfast table ,
—newspapers, bills, public docu
ments. He detests-tragedy to liter
ature, loves orations and humor,
rarely opens a novel or mystery tale.
These are the reading habits of
1 the leading presidential candidates
as presented in the October issue of
The Bookman by their respective
i biographers, William Hard and
i Henry Moskowitz.
! Hoover always retires fairly early,
j relates Hard, “but in the interval be
; tween two and five o'clock he has
a convival party all by himself. He
gets lemonade, apples and other
fruits from the California basket
that is always kept by his bed, and
reaches for books.
[* ' He reads by subjects rather by
! autohrs. He takes a bit of interest
; in Egypt or Central Asia. There
1 upon he wants all the most authori
tative books on the subject gathered
in a heap at his bedside. He likes
to slosh about in the original data
of his subjects and has caused to
be converyed to his bed great
' sheaves of unpublished George
Washington papers from the Con
grssional library'- Such subjects thrill*
him. If they make him too wide
awake and he feels he needs a seda
tive. he reads a murder mystery. If
lie reads—it seems to his secretary,
who has to get them for him—
Governor Smith, ".says Mosko
witz’, Bookman article, “finds his
intellectual 'kick' in bills, reports and
public documents. These consti
tute his detective stories and his
novels. Bad tales do not interest
hint. That there is enough sadness
in human life without having to
read about it. is his point of view.
He loves the light touch in literature
and in the drama—and be loves
The governor reads an imposing
pile of newspapers, both friendly and ■
unfriendly, each day to keep his
finger on the public, pulse, and is I
quick to carry his criticism to the
publisher if he thinks an attack un- .
lair. One such instance resulted in
his strange lifelong personal friend
ship with Frank Munsey, although
the publisher remained a political
foe until his death.
Lester Harmon Weds
Mr Lester Harmon and Miss i
Dessie I,6velace motored to Gaffney
Saturday afternoon October 20 and
were married. The wedding came
as a surprise to their many friends.
Mr. Harmon is the son of Mr and
Mrs. T. A. Harmon of Kings Moun
tain, and Is a prominent young I
business man. Mrs Harmon is the !
daughter of Mr and Mrs. Nathan
Lovelace of the Patterson Grove
community and is held in high es- |
teem by all who know' her.
I p Ladder Of Success.
Kansas City.—Forty-eight years
ago, Ralph D. Blumenfield left j
his job as telegraph operator here
to become a newspaper reporter. To
day he returned for a visit as edi
tor of The London Daily Express
and president of the institute of
journalists of Great Britain. Mr.
Blumenfeld is touring the United
States with a party of British jour
Big Speakers Strike
County This Week
Cole Blease, Mrs. Jerraan. Jake
Newell, \nd .1 udge Newby
Resinning tonight and con
tinuing through next Monday
afternoon, as election day nears,
this county is to get a wave of i
oratory from three political i
Tonight -at; 8:36 o'clock Mrs. Pal-1
mer Jerinan. national committee-'
man for North Carolina, will speak i
at Kings Mountain. Mrs, Jerman
is one of North Carolina's best
known women and was a delegate
at-large to the Houston convention.
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock j
in the court house here Hon. Jake
F. Newell. Republican campaigner !
from Charlotte, will speak.
At 2:30 Saturday afternoon Sena
tor Cole Blease. well known South
Carolina political figure, will speak
in the big school auditorium at
Kings Mountain. Numerous Shelby!
people plan to form a motor cav- I
alcade to journey to Kings Moun- j
tain to hear him.
Saturday night in the county
court house Judge Nathan Newby,
of California, will make an address
under the auspices of the anti
Smith club of Shelby. Judge Newby,
it is said, is a native of North Caro
Next Monday afternoon at 2
o'clock Hon. Clyde R. Hoey will
speak in the county court house.
li is n
Election Chairman Explains New
Requirements Of Voting
Chairman Bynum E. Weathers, of
the Cleveland eountv election board,
issues a statement giving the re
quirements of the new absentee
voters law and warns against viola
tion of the new provisions. This:
statement is based upon the con-1
struction of the law by Assistant:
Attorney General Frank Nash, of
Raleigh, and only recently given
out for the information of the voters
and of election officers throughout
The Important things to remember
in connection with this form of vot- j
ing according to the changes by gen
eral assembly of 1927 are as fol
1. An application in writing must
be made by the proposed voter for
a certificate appropriate for him.
There are two certificates, A and B
In certificate A, applicant states
that he will be absent from the
county on the day of election. In
certificate B. he states that lie is
physically unable to attend the
polls. A witness is required in both
cases, and in the latter instance
the certificate of a practicing phy
sician or affidavit is required
2. These applications must be di
rected either to the chairman of
the board of elections or to the
registrar of the precinct in which
voter resides- No other person can
supply the certificates and ballots
under act of 1927. All the applica
tions must be filed with the clerk
of the superior court in the county
where the voting takes place.
3. Upon making such application,
either with the chairman of the
board of elections or with the reg
istrar of any precinct. the officials
so applied to shall furnish the voter
with one only of each ballot, applied
for, one blank certificate only of
the kind applied for, and one re
4. Urider the new law, certificate
voting is completely done away with.!
According to the old law. "certifi- j
cate voting" meant a certificate to
the effect that the voter wished to
vote for each nominee of a par
ticular party. Now, it is necessary
that ballots accompany each form j
of r-ort iTiratf* i
5 The new law provides that in
stead of waiting until 3 p m. to
open absentee voters’ envelopes, the
election officials are required to
open these ballots at 10 a. m. on
day of election. However, they may
open them any time thereafter be
fore the closing of the polls.
6. All absent votes are subject to
challenge, just as are all other votes.
The absent voter has the privilege
of identifying of his own vote, if j
he chooses, by signing or causing to j
be signed, his name upon the mar-1
gin or back of his ballots.
By way of further explanation,
the following paragraph is quoted
from the construction of the law by
Mr. Nash. "It will be noticed that
the amendments, incorporated in the
absent act, by the general assembly
of 1927, tend towards preventing the
fraudulent use of these ballots, It Is j
very important that the chairman
of the county board of elections, to
whom applications are made and to
the registrar of the precincts, re
turn all of these applications to
the clerk of the superior court, as
required by law. This law consti
tutes a check upon the number of
absentee votes cast. If, therefore,
they agree, this would be absolute
proof that there had been no fraud
ulent proof absent, votes through the
connivance of any of the officials."
Modest Zep Kero
One of those who risked their
lives to repair the damaged
port fin of the Graf Zeppelin en
route to the United States was
Knot Eckener (above), son of :
the dirigible's commander, f ie !
was photographed as he arrived i
in Washington with his dis
■ r; uviuriai Newsreel)
WRECK OF 97"
FIGURES 111 SOU:
Former Railroad Man Says He '
Wrote Song; He Wants
Some Of Profits.
Danville, Va.—The song. "The j
Wreck of No. 97/’ which achieved
widespread popularity a few years
ago nd which was founded on the
disaster to the Southern Railway j
company's mail train on September;
27, 1923, has become the focal point
of large litigation. i
D. G. George, a former railway
man. from Franklin county, has in
stituted suit- in the United. States
court at Camden, N. J„ this being a j
mandamus action, seeking to compel
the Victor Talking Machine com
pany to produce Its books and show
how much money it has made1
through the sale of the records of
George was here Thursday seek
ing evidence to supply his suit. He !
was looking up back files, interview- i
ing railway men and securing affi
davits from old people. The manda
mus, he says, is preparatory to fil
ing suit for the recovery of dam
ages, George claiming that the song
he wrote has been seized and has
resulted in large receipts. "We be
lieve/’ he said, "that the ballad
brought in as much as a million
dollars for the company. It may be
a million and a half."
George admits, it will be difficult
to establish the net profits, since
there is another song, that of "The
Prisoner,” on the reverse side of the
“No. 97" song, and profits on this
could not be charged.
George says that the report that
George Whittier, of Galax, wrote the
song is erroneous, and he sheds
some hitherto unrecorded light on
the famous train wreck.
At the time of the disaster he was
operating a stationary engine at
Franklin junction, now known as
Gretna. His work was close to the
tracks and near the railway station.
On the Sunday afternoon of the
wreck he and Martin Murphy saw
the fast mail train bearing down on
the station at such a rate that it
was encompassed with a cloud of
dust. "We both knew something was
wrong and we ran as fast as we ;
could away from the track, fearing |
there would bo a wreck at the curve
near the station.
.There was no wreck then, but'
within an hour word of the disaster
George said he came to Danville
the next day and was moved to set
down in verse the exploit of the en- j
gineer. He says he took the song i
"Ships That Never Come Back." and j
traced the music on a piece of car
bon paper. Then he applied the
words he says he wrote, suiting the
rhythm to the score. He had a num- j
ber of them run off and gave them I
to railway men as a gift. He says
that he never knew there was any j
money in his song. Since that time j
it has been popularized and, George :
says, has earned large profits for
the New Jersey concern.
Three years ago representatives ot
the recording company were in Dan- j
ville, bent on a mission similar to
that now engaged in by George.
They were recording the recollec
tion of old railway men and delv
ed into the revords of the wreck.
4i quality—always at a saving**
Shelby, N. C.
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