North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. XXXV, No. r>
SHELBY, N. C. FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 1929,
Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons b> man, per year on advance) 93.60
■ _ Currier, ner year fin advance! 13 00
The Markets.
Cotton, Shelby . 18’tc
Cotton Seed, per bu._67'-e
Watch Out! Snow!
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Cloudy with rain tonight,
•banging to snow flurries In west
portion. Colder tonight. Saturday
generally fair and much colder.
False Fire Alarm
Here For Every 3
Fires, Says Chief
Serenty-FIve Fires In Shelby Dur
ing Year, Record Shows.
Damage Small.
There were 75 fires in Shelby
during 1928, only one of which—
the Central hotel conflagration—
caused any great amount of dam
age, according to Fire Chief E. B.
One Item worthy of note in the
annual report of the city fire chief
was the fact that- the figures re
vealed a false alarm for every
three real alarms turned in—the
record showing that during the
year there were 75 fires and 23
false alarms. One explanation, how
ever, that decreases the actual fu
tility of the false alarms is that by
the system of keeping the alarm
record automobile blazes are listed
uwder the false alarm <eolumn. Dur
ing the year there were quite a
number of automobile fires and
these perhaps accounted for one
third of the alarms listed as false
HOfO Damage.
The damage estimate o the var
ious blazes in the city during the
year, not including the disastrous
hotel fire, was $4,440 for dwelling
and $1,440 for contents destroyed.
The major portion rf'thfcs loss.
Chief Roach stated was covered by
insurance. Meantime the cost of
keeping up the volunteer firr-'*-’-*.
ing department for the year was
estimated at only $1,000 tc the city,
although the firemen received some
extra remuneration for blazes they
fought outside of the corporate
Of the 76 blazes 71 were resid
ences, twp were filling stations, one
a cafe, and the hotel fire.
Horace (Dutch) Whlsnapt; for
mer baseball star, (eft the Shelby
hospital today for his home after
being: confined there in serious con
dition for weeks following a shoot
ing affair at Lawndale in which he
was shot in the leg.
The bullet wound necessitated the
removal ■ of the baseball star’s leg
and for days very little hope was
held for his recovery. However in
leaving for his home today Whis
nant was able to move about by
himself upon the remaining leg, it
was said.
Shelby Highs Play
Cliffside Outfit
Game On There Tonight. Locals
Defeated By Gastonia
The Shelby High cage team, hav
ing a rather mediocre season, is
playing a 'return game with the
CJiffside team there tonight. In
the first game of the season here
some weeks back Cliffside defeated
the locals and has since defeated
Forest City.
Playing' In Gastonia Tuesday
night the local quint lost to Gas
tonia by the score of 15-13. Art
Smith was the high scorer for Gas
tonia while the play of Zeno Wall
was the outstanding performance
for Shelby. The starting lineup for
Shelby was Gold, center; Wall ai^jd
Hippy, forwards; Bridges and Hu
lick, guards. Gastonia has also de
feated the Forest City team and ap
pears to be one of the strongest
high school quints in the section.
Branton Studies For
Telegraph Manager
Mr. R. H. (Dick) Branton. who
has been an operator at the Western
Union office here for over a year,
Is now in Rome, GaU where he is
^taking the Western Union manaerg
ial course. When he concludes the
course there is some probability
that he may be placed in charge oi
the local office, now efficiently man
aged by Mr. Blackweldcr. There is
also a likelihood of the automatic
system being installed in Shelby.
7ou can, say this in defense of
the modern girl—she dearly loves
the spinning wheels. — Atlanta
“Man's next great war will be
,wlth insects." Who ever heard of
a war. without them?—Washington
Shelby Citizen Becomfes Governor Of N. C. Today
Dorsey Announcement May Hinge
On Decision Of The
There is a probability that the
present mayor and his board of
aldermen may be candidates for of
fice again when Shelby wades up
to the ballot box for the municipal
election in June!
Fact is, unofficial information has
it that Mayor W. N. Dorsey is not
anxious to offer himself unless his
board, with whom he has been
working smoothly during the pres
ent administration, decides to stick
by him to continue the work the
administration has begun.
Would Keep System.
Inside information is that the of
ficial city family talked the mat
ter over unofficially at their meet
ing this week, rather they passed
a few words on the subject enough,
perhaps, to cause the aldermen and
the mayor to go home thinking.
Just what may result from their
conversation about the city busi
ness board after they cleaned up
their routine first-of-the-month
business will probably' be public
know ledge within a month or so.
It is known by clo6e associates of
the mayor that he has not decided
upon his own candidacy as several
matters still “hanging fire,” so to
speak, may decide his course. How
ever he does not mind saying that
he thinks it would be best for the
city generally if the entire official
family, the elective part, should of
fer or refuse together. His logic,
it is understood, is based upon the
mu. uim nc aira me present, uuaru
have got themselves adjusted to
each other, have worked out a sys
tem for handling city affairs, and
arsh in the plain language of good
teamwoefc, ptdHnr together. If the
mayor ware to offer and be reelect*
ed and his board or a part of it
'did not, it might mean that with
hew faces about the council table
would'necessitate a revision of the
present working plan and a change
in systems, this in turn taking some
time to get settled before the city
machinery coaid get down- to steady
work. SM with’the mayor and his
entire board offering again the new
administration, assuming a victory
at the polls, could pick up Just
where they left off and move on
without a hitch in the system or
their plans: Too, there are projects
on foot which the administration,
typical of all administrations, wouid
like to carry to completion.
Salary Insufficient.
At the unofficial talk between the
mayor and aldermen it is under
stod they "popped the question" to
each other about running again,
and at that time the mayor declar
ed that he would hardly care to of
fer again' unless they also entered
the race thus assuring, up to that
point, that the same system would
prevail if they were victorious in
the election. So far as can be
learned no one definitely declared
himself to run again, but the same
information has it that no one
shock his head in complete rejec
tion of the idea.
Which is to say. they're think
ing it over, and when the train of
thought ends some announcements
may be made.
Likewise it is general knowledge
that the mayor, along with others,
is of the opinion that the salary of
the office is insufficient and for
the time and work required. In
fact some weeks back Mayor Dor
sey made it known that he could
not afford to neglect hi£ personal
affairs for another two years to
continue his administrative program
and a financial saerifice to him
I Best Opens Display
v Room In Basement
John M. Besty has opened his new
furniture display room, which is in
the basement under his main store.
Adjoining this new addition, is an
iimense storage room, which he is
t so utilizing.
With the addition of these advan
tages to his establishment, Mr. Best
i> now permanently located in the
f—niture business.
The new display room has been
opened several days. Together with
the store room, the entire basement
area under his own and the Jdck
son store on the corntr are being
utilized', giving Mr. Best the advan
tage of additional floor space
amounting to 00 by 90 feet.
Boots Needed
At Boiling
Call Issued To School Supporters
For 2,000 Volumes.. To
Raise Class.
Will the supporters and friends
of the Baptist junior college at Boll
ing Springs give 2,000 books to the
school library there, thus boosting
the college into the standard, ac
credited junior college ratingT
This Is the call now being made
by close friends of the institution.
Within another year if the school
library can be brought up to 2,
500 volumes officials believe the col
lege will go on the accredited list,
which wiU mean much to the
school. At present there are 500
eolumes in the library—2,000 more
are needed.
Friends of the school throughout
this county and in the Kings Moun
tain Baptist association — and
friends of other demoninations are
included—who wish to contribute
books to the library may leave
them at The Star office and proper
acknowledgement will be made in
the paper and the books turned
over to the school. Those who have
no books about their home to give
may contribute what they' wish in
cash for purchasing kooks. About
the households of Cleveland coun
ty there should be hundreds of
books not in use which would great
ly aid the library.
How many names will he In The
Star's list of donors Monday, and
how many volumes will have been
given? Who will start It?
m m ia?
Twenty-Sir Mtlkon More Gallons
Of Water Used Than
in 1927.
As a matter of record for the
books of 1928, which are fast being
closed now, Shelby citizens guzzled
or bathed away 36,818.000 gallons
more of water In 1928 than in 1937.
Those are the figures advanced
by Mr. R. V. Toms, superintendent
of the water department for the
In 1927 the city used 144.361.000
gallons of water and 171,179,000 gal
lons in 1928.
A perusal of the water consump
tion figures by the month shows
that more water Is used during the
summer and early tall months than
in any other, due to increased thirst
from heat, watering of lawns, flow
ers and such.
In 1928 more water was consum
ed in August than any other’fhonth
16,735,000 gallons being used. Sep
tember and October were next in
drder with less water, 11,962,000
gallons being used in March than
in any other month. In 1927 July
was the big month with 13,394,000
gallons being consumed. September
and August were next In order,
while the smallest amount of wa
ter, 10,107,000 gallons, was usid in
House Cat Caught
In “Rabbit Trap”
Mr. C. B. Alexander,- of west
Marion street, desirous pi preserv
ing the growing shrubbery of his
premises, set out some traps to
catch the rabbits, which apparently
were dining sumptuously each night
in his garden.
To date he has caught the fol
lowing: three rabbits, one possum,
and one cat. The cat, as it happen
ed, belonged to his neighbor. Sir.
Harris. It is said that when liberat
ed, puss lost no time in seeking her
home bailiwick. Meantime those
interested arc speculating as to
what bait Mr. Alexander could
have used that would attract both
the felines and the bunnies.
To Discuss Another
Rural Light Line
A mass meeting of tire citizens
in the Patterson Springs commun
ity is called for the Patterson
Springs school house Tuesday eve
ning Jan. 15 at 7 o’clock at which
time another rural lighting system
to serve that community will be
discussed. Every one interested in
building a light and power line to
serve that community is asked to
be present.
Slayer Of Daughter Gets 15-Year
Term. Judge Oglesby Leaves
A lesson.
Before convening the term of
Superior court here Wednesday
; evening Judge John Oglesby, of
Concord, sentenced five of the de
fendants to the State prison In Ra
leigh, one of the largest number
of prisoners to go down from one
term of court In this county In sev
eral years.
McLellle Longest.
i nc longest priso nterm was met
ed out to Henry McLelHe, aged col
ored man of the lower part of
Cleveland county and of Gaffney.
McLelHe was sentenced to a min
imum of 15 years and a maxlmiflfi
of 30 years of hard labor In the
State prison and Is to wear stripes.
Tlie aged negro was charged with
murdering his daughter, Martha
Megglnson, after she died in the
hospital here from, fatal knife
wounds inflicted by him. His coun
sel, Clyde Hoey and Lietenant-Gov
emor Butler, of South - Carolina,
entered a plea of guilty to second
degree murder, sentence being pass
ed after the evidence was heard.
The four others who left yester
day for the State prison. In the
custody of Sheriff Logan, Deputies
Mike Austell and Fred Logan, were
Marvin Doggett, Clyde Byers, Char
les King and Chris Medley.
wmim m
stole Mayor Dorsey’s automobile
and was also charged with other
thefts. His sentence was five to
seven years at hard labor and he
Is to wear stripes.
Charged with breaking and enter
ing and larceny at Kings Mountain,
Charles King was given five to
fivgo two to four jrtwrignrw
weir stripes. On a charge of auto
larceny prayer fftr judgment was
continued as to King, but James
Medley was given an IS months
term on the county roads here.
Clyde Byers, charged with break
ing and entering and larceny, was
given a sentence in the fjtate pris
on of one to three year*. - , <
Many Road Terms.
Other terms meted out, most of
them on the county roads, follow:
State vs. Harry Kelly, forging
and uttering; two years on the
roads, prayer for Judgment continu
ed In several other similar counts
in which Shelby merchants were
prosecuting witnesses.
State vs. Roy James, breaking and
entering and larceny; pled guilty to
receiving stolen goods, and was
sentenced to 13 months on the
State vs. L. A, Law, violating pro
hibition law; four months on roads.
State vs. Lee Lattimore, larceny
of truck motor; four months on
State vs. Fred Neal. Drunk and
aiding In gambling; jail term ot
60 days.
State vs. Eula Strong, violating
prohibition laws; jail term of three
State vs. FretJ McDowell, man
slaughter discharged upon pay
ment of half the cost.
State vs. Fred Dover, plea of
guilty assault with deadly weap
on; upon recommendation of soli
citor, prayer for Judgment con
tinued on payment of cost.
Oglesby’s Style.
Early in court week Judge Ogles
by informed barristers that he
would hear cases but would reserve
his sentences until near the close
the term so that he would not be
bothered by lawyers and friends
running to him during 'the' session
trying to get certain sentences cut
down by pleas for mercy and sob
In fact, the jurist, who made a
fine impression in Shelby, let the
court room know that he would do
his own sentencing, and when, on
the final day, he began to pop on
his prison, and road terms the court
realised that he meant every word
he said.
The twelve defendants sentenced
received a total of 33 years and;
seven months “time” at minimum j
figures, or an average of approxi- j
mately two and two-thirds years!
each. The total of 33 years and!
seven months was divided as fol
lows: 28 years in prison terms;
five years and two months road,
terms, and five months in jail i
In addition to the criminal court |
grind one divorce was given and
the decree signed before the court
Furniture Of
Early yesterday morning Black
fcell's transfer truck left Slvelb;
frith the household effects of Gov
irnor O. Max Gardner, taking then
to the Mansion In Raleigh. Althougl
tt represented the governors en
fire household effects, tt was civ I;
a half load for the large truck. Tin
mansion at Raleigh Is only partial
W furnished and It Is understooc
that Mr. Oardner Is buying con
£dfrable furniture with his own
oney to fit up the rooms. The
mansion has 40 rooms—large and
Because a man Is governor, there
lore. It does not mean that he ha
’the most furniture. His half loaded
truck bore out the statement Mr
Gardner Is accustomed to making
In his speeches, that It mattery not
|k>w powerful or rich a man be
comes, he can deep In only one bed
fit a time, wear only one suit ot
Clothes and eat only a limited
Board Today Publishes Foil State*
ment About City Schools.
8claries Given.
[ In an advertisement In today's
Btftr J* Ji. Shannonhouse. auditojr,
publishes at the request of the
Shelby ctly school hoard a com
plete financial statement of the
school system, giving every detail
of operation and maintenance ex
pense, a list of salaries paid, and
Income available.
Saft. .
* - -- Twinr th» ****«»*
Ht-eompiltpf the report and
wmbilnf the fguni for the infor
mation of school patrons that the
auditor could make a close estimate
as to how long the schools could
remain open this spring iff view of
the fact the increased tax levy
measure was defeated. However,
such an estimate could not be
m£$jh.i«rfoe day and since the
board has decided to keep the
schools open to the very last min
ute funds are available It was
thought, best not to estimate an ex
act day for the closing as it may
be possible to run a few days longer
or less than appears from the fi
nancial figures now.
Salaries Published.
During the school election period
there was considerable talk of sal
aries paid and the report published
today gives the salary scale in de
tail. The superintendent's salary
is given as >300 per month, while
>176 per month is allotted the super
intendent's office for an assistant
treasurer, clerical work, office and
travel expense. The salary of the
Central High principal Is given as
>306.07 per month, the colored prin
cipal as >166.66 per month and the
music and elementary supervisor as
>166.66 per month.
The one high school teacher at
the Morgan school is paid >150 per
month, and the two at the colored
school is >80 per month. The 19
teachers at the main high school
are paid an average salary of $170
per month.
The monthly salary payroll, the
number of teachers, and the aver
age monthly salary per.teacher of
the other schools follow':
Washington >914.44 7 '*130.63
Marlon >1,141.66 9 >126.83
Oraham 31,030.19 8 >128.77
Jefferson $1:177.49 10 $117.74
$994.77 8 >124.34
$1,621.67 13 >124.74
660 10 >66.00
Deficit Explained.
The deficit up to and not In
cluding the deficit of the current
year is given In the report as $39.
378.46. The deficit, meaning the
expense total tn excess of the In
come, this year ts set down as $20.
130.36, which is a total deficit at
the end of this year of $59(606.82.
School patrons who desire to
check upon and read detailed ex
penditures and income may turn
to the advertisement on an inside
In Duke Funeral.
Melvin Peeler, son of Mr. and Mrs.
< 'ayton Peeler, and a former Shel
by boy, was one of the 10 Duke uni
versity students selected to carry
fie casket of Beniartiin Duke at the
inpressive funeral services for the
t br.cco magnate held yesterday in
Inaugurated Today
im Of Mull
egislatult,* He Declares
Wouid Abolish Rond Maintenance Tax By
Ttlfftln* Over To Statc% No
Local Legislation A
Tax relief that Is state-wide hi its ,
effect, will be the main effort of
Representative O. M. Mull who
I went to Raleigh this week to be
present at the opening of the gen
eral assembly.
No Local Laws.
"No local legislation is in mind1' t
he Said Just before leaving. “I do
not know of a single local law
which needs enacting, but quite a
fear have suggested that the city
charter needs amending and if the
citizens of Shelby will suggest to i
me Just what they want, 1 will cn- j
deavor to enact such laws," dcclar- !
ed Mr. Mull. I
In Governor Gardner's inaugural
address today he touched on re-1
forms which he Is confident will
lead to a reduction of taxes |
throughout the state, especially
give relief to the farmer. Mr. Mull
Is In accord with the governor's
Abolish Hoad Maintenance Tax |
Cnc of tlie wars which Mr. Mull
thinks relief can be had for the j
lend owner is by abolishing the j
roed maintenance tax. “There Is i
collected annually In North Caro
lina by the counties and road dis
tricts about five and a half mil
lion dollars for read maintenance
and road bonds and we have thou
sands of townships and district
highway commissioners to look aft
er these local roads.” said Mr. Mull.
"I think It would be wise for the
state highway commission to take
over alt main local roads in every
county in the state and abolish
these highway commissioners. The
state road maintenance department,
I Continued on page six.)
Dorsey Inclined To Agree With
Hamrick About A New City Hall
Might Sell Present Building For Enough To
Cover Big Part Of New
Mayor W. N. Dorsey, to express
his personal and unofficial opin
ion. is inclined to agree with the
suggestion of T. W. Hamrick, for
mer alderman, about a new city
hall and a new location.
"Mr. Hamrick's plan of setting
an option on another site in view
of building a structure more suit
able and more adequate for the
city business, selling the present
location to defray a portion of the
new city center, sounds like a good
business proposit ion to me. The city
is fast cutgrowing the present
quarters, that is evident on every
Continuing the mayor declared
that in his suggestion, contained in
a communication tor The Star, that
Mr. Hamrick inadvertently, per
haps. forgot to mention that the
sale of the present building and site
as a business building, or rather
the price received therefor would
cover a goodly amount of the cost
of a new site and the construction
of an adequate city hall.
"We wouldn't need a bond issue
to cover the whole thing The pres
ent city hall location is a good
business site and should bring a
good price as such and the purchase
price would go a long way towards
covering the cost of the new quar
ters," he stated.
Episcopal Church Site.
Mr Dorsey also agreed with Mr.
I Hamrick that the Corbett corner
was in many respects a good loca
tion for the new city business
plant. However he pointed out that
there are several locations about
; the city, which might be secured,
i that would prove convenient and
suitable. It has been mentioned to
j him, he added, that the Episcopal
church site, corner of LaFayette
| and Graham streets, would make a
•uitable and convenient location, if
the property could be secured, the
plot being close in but still not- in
the very heart of the business sec
tion. ,■ <
Propie Vote Oil It,
"I agree with another suggestion
of his, abo,” the mayor added “And
j that is that the proposition might
properly be left up to the citUcns
: to vote upon tn the next city elec
! Hon at the same time they vote for
the mayor and aldermen. If the
citizens themselves decide it then
neither the old nor the new admin
istration could rightfully be crit
ciscd for the change, provided the
plan for a new hall carried.*
Home Folk* Bwarin Raleigh Street
And Hotel* For Max Gard
ner’s Inaugural.
Raleigh. Jan. ll.~lt ta Clerelan
rounly day In Raleigh today 4ttk
approximately I5C of the hMnr
folk* here to witness the Inangnra
Hon of Governor O. Max Gardner.
■ he first native nm of the eoanty
to become governor of hla state.
Along with the home folks, who
ramr down by motor and special
train for the ceremonies, were
many native* of the ehtraly now
living elsewhere. ,
The Sir Walter hotel, talttt to
day Gardner's Raleigh headquar
ters. Is agog with home folks and
friends of Governor Gardner await
ing the big parade which follows
the noon inauguration. Swarming
he streets and lobbies with the
civilian friends of the man who de
ires to be known aa "the friendly
:overnor" are scores of uniformed
niillatiamcn .ah$ dglleg*students
-■* < mm aiggirvir-ara-Mpaeir.
Friday VboWmVk *
Job; Max Nearly
Loses Silk-Topper
Gardner’* Son Wreck* Car In
Creek. SpUl* Binwc. tVibb
i Special to The Star.)
Raleigh, Jan. It—The “Friddy
Jinx." long feared by the supersti
tious, bid fall- to cast Its hoodoo
spell over the Friday Inaugural
ceremonia*—of ttMlfepfc. flat son
Governor O Mar Gardner here to
The new governor lent supersti
tious himself, but those who wor
ried about his inauguration corafcu
on Friday aeein to have enough tc
talk about even before tfce Inaugu
ration ceremonial got- going goo
today. 4 ‘ '
What a chain of events!
First of all. Governor Max cam 4
very near not having hie high sil.
beaver for the inaugural ceremor
les—and governors, yon know, mu
wear such for the formalities.
Cars Wrecked.
Late last night BsOph Gwrdnv
second son of the governor, wreck
ed the auto, containing the pei
sonal baggage of the executive fam
lly. tliereby \e-y near smashing thr
eilk-topper which his dad must
wear today. But the hat cam?
through and early reports are that
the spilled baggage was not dam
The second wreck coming in tin
immediate family of the goverhoi
was that of Federal Judge E.' Yates
Webbs car. Judge Webb being a
brother of Mrs! Gardner. Some of
those in the car, reports say, Wert
cut by flying glass, but no one wa;
injured enough to keep them away
from the inaugural ceremonies.
Mr. J. H. Anthony, another Sliel
byite down to see the town’s best
known citizen take office, was In
in cd in a fall, but ls.atiapidlngll’c
1) augurpl In a wheel chair.
_-t ■ trs
Mr. Dover Mtiil. who is ift the
1 capital here in serious condition rs
1 ie .result of a bullet wound in hi
head said to have been self-infUet
<d early Wednesday morning, w s
1 ‘ported at the hospital today no
le conscious and getting along as
veil as oould be expected under the
« rcumstances.'•
He is able, the hospital report says,
t j recognize members of his family,
md at nocn today pneumonia had
rot developed as was feared due to
the fact that he was nearly froeen
t hen found near hie home.
Rutherfordton, Jan. 10.—Mrs. Re
lecca Byers, 108 years old,
he the eldest woman in
iud county, is
with influenza
1 rr home

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