, Hatcher Hughes, Rising Genius
From Hills of Cleveland Countv
(Continued from page three.)
•aid Professor Hughes. "No, I tried
to retain the genuine dialect as I
had alwajs known it, avoiding, of
*T course, any eccentric terms that
Would be incomprehensible to the
audience not acquainted witn these
people. When the rehearsals began
I saw that the actors were having
difficulty in getting their teeth in
to the speech. I expressed a wish
to Mr. Klaw, the producer, that he
might see these mountain folk, that
he might hear how quaint yet how
beautiful their dialects could be.
I He completely bowled over my wish
by the announcement that he was
taking the entire cast to the North
Carolina mountains to visit these
■ people and observe for themselves.''
Professor Hughes is satisfied
that the experiment was a success.
It permitted the actors to make
studies at first hand, to listen to
that soft, musical tongue. Mr.
Hughes declares it is one of tire
purest in America, harkening back
tc* the 18th century when these
mountains were settled. The oral
tradition still lingers cn. The term
‘ tnology of these people is naturally
limited. When they would speak of
the motor car or the Zeppelin they
l*?e themselves in the complexities
v-cJ’ civilization. But-when they speak
> of themselves, of the hills in which
they live, their language is one oi
precision, of clarity, of profound
sees Litilr I outran.
Mr. Hughes furthermore notes a
*■ similarity with the speech of New
Inlanders. His contention is. that
if an airplane passenger were to
lmd in a valley lost somewhere be
tween the Smokies end the Blue
. Hide and encounter some natives,
fie might easily believe himself to
nl>e in tlui secluded areas ol New
Hampshire or Maine.
We then framed a contrast be
tween folk drama and the so-called
"But there is so little to contrast,'
he argued, "take for example that
highly successful play caleld Broad
V* way. In reality it is a lolk drama,
but of the people in the city. The
difference is, it is urban drama,
while a play dealing with the
mountain folk flavors of the soil
and is therefore probably more
basic. To foreigners, for instance, I
should think the latter type of play
dealing with American life would be
“The conflict in 'Hell Bent for
^Heaven’ is certainly universal; the
clash of the sound and unsound
mind with social organization.
Quite easily the scene might have
been laid in Times Square. I chose
tjie North Carolina mountains be
cause those people there have es
caped the standardization of the
city. Those folk.have held on to
their charm and individuality."
New Turk Comedy.
Mr. Hughes suddenly laughed.
“That may seem a contradiction
when X tell you I am at present
writing a comedy about New York
life. But that doesn't mean my de
sertion of the south. No, indeed. I
shall always think of it as my home
and North Carolina as my state.
As a matter of fact I intend to
write up many more plays about it.'
"Then it is always to be the
drama ot American life?'’ we cen
A quick rejoinder. "Ana why not?
The American theatre in all its as
pects is the most interesting in the
world. True, we haven't produced
as yet an Ibsen, a Shaw, or a Gals
worthy. But what is inestimably
important, we have a greater num
ber o.r young playwrights who.
though they may lack the artistic
and literary finish of the afore
mentioned dramatists, do contri
bute sound, vigorous, dramatic ma
Proiessor Hughes glanced at his
watch. He would have to excuse
himself as he was off to the open
ing of a new play.
"I still have it,” he called back
guod-humoredly, “but incomplete. I
shan't take to writing novels until
X am past sixty years of age.”
One glance at him would assure
anyone that that period Is consid
erably removed from today. If he
does not take up the novel oi the
reconstruction period let us sur
mise that it will be the reconstruc
tion period following the World
War in which we arc now in the
midst. That tremendous, glittering
pa-norama of American life and de
velopment that this essentially
American writer will interpret
through characters drawn from his
beloved southern people.
GAFFNEY TAX RATE TO
REMAIN SAME AS 1928
Gaffney.—Gaffney's city tax rate
for 1929 will remain the same as
it was In 1928. at 28 mills for all
purposes. 15 mills is for general
purposes including schools, seven
mills for interest on city bonds and
four mills for the sinking fund.
This city also imposes a street
tax, on all able-bodied men be
tween 21 and 50, payable before the
first Tuesday in March. The wo
men pay nothing to "walk the
streets” of this city. Meh, who fail
to pay this two dollars, are requir
ed to work the streets of the city
for four days gratis. The law was
put on the statute books when 50
cents a day was “high'’ wages.
FLU TAKE HEAVY TOLL
OF LIVES IN RUTHERFORD
Rutherfcrdton.—-The epidemic of
influenza is gradually passing out
of Rutherlord county. It has taken
a heavy toll of human life, espec
ially where pneumonia developed
among old people.
that All America is Acclaiming
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Study of Rickard
JTere is a characteristic stuay
of Rickard, the genius pro
moter. whose spectacular hack
ground and gambler’s poise
made him an almost legendary
figure ip the empire of sports.
New Model Cars
For 1929 At N. Y.
Automobile Show <
(The new model cars lor 1929
are now being- shown at the
1 New York show and a complete’
description of the various makes ]
• sold in Shelby will appear un
1 drr this heading, one or two |
! makes ench issue until the full (
line is covered.)
A new car, to be known nas the
Dodge Brothers Six, is presented for
the first time at the New York auto
show. It is the first new Dodge
Brothers car produced since Walter
P. Chrysler obtained control of the
company. Its price range is from
$945 to $1,065.
. The Senior Six is retained as the
only other passenger car In the
Dodge Brothers line, the Victory
Six being discontinued. The price
run of the Senior Six i* from
575 to $1,845.
The Dodge Brothers Six is offer
ed in eight body type, including a
five passenger phaeton, roadster
with rumble seat, five-passenger
sedan, five-passenger de luxe sedan,
five-passenger brougham, foijr pas
senger Victoria, two passenger
coupe and de luxe coupe with rum
The original Dodge Brothers'
radiator emblem, Interlaced trian
gles with wings, is restored. The
new bodies are of rigid mono-piece
construction, with narrow radiator
profile and encircling molding tap
ering across the cowl and along the
centre hood hinge. Heavy steel
fenders are one piece.
Exterior hardware parts, Includ
ing lamps, bumpers, radiator shell,
hub caps and door handles are
chromium-plated Lamp tie-rod and
cowl bars are curved to harmonize
with the general lines of the car.
Engine is L-head type, with bore
of 3% inches and stroke of 37,s
Inches and a total displacement of
208 cubic inches. Seven bearings,
with an area of 24.15 square inches,
support the. fifty-two-pound crank
shaft. Invar struts aluminum alloy
pistons with three compression
rings an one oil ling are provided.
The engine is insulated from the
frame 1 j rear rubber mounting.
The motor develops sixty or sixty
five miles an hour and »s capable of
higher speeds. Engine accessories
include oil and gasoline filters and
air cleaner. Oiling system is by gear
Hydaullc four-wheel brakes, ex
panding in twelve-inch drums, pro
vide a braking area of 151.9 Inches.
The wheels have elliptical spokes.
Four Lovejoy hydraulic shock ab
sorbers are standard equipment.
The Senior line includes eight
body styles, brougham, landau se
dan, roadster, sport roadster, coupe,
sport coupe and sport sedan.
AU exterior hardware is chrom
ium plated. Engine features include
seven-bearing crankshaft, Invar
strut pistons and hydraulic ex
panding four-wheel brakes.
The Whippet fours and sixes re
cently introduced are speedier,
longer and roomier than hitherto,
though the fundamental principles
of original Whippet construction
and mechanism are retained.
Various refinements have been
incorporated in the Whippet four
engine. Stroke has been increased
by three-eighth inch and the com
pression ratio has also been in
creased, bringing it down to 18.6
per cent. New manifold and larger
intake valve also add power and
torque to the motor.
While the average maximum
horsepower of the former Whippet
engine was thirty-three, the im
n> DOROT1IV 1IERZOG
! (Copyright 1928 Premier Syndicate)
New York—Manhattan's Grand
j Canyon of theatre Is certninly t!]e
owl's paradise to one grown accus
tomed to a town that folds in
abound ten strikes.
Han into Mrs. Archie Mayo, wife
of "My Man" megaphoner, in the
Ritz lobby tothcr noon. The Mayos
arc headed for home by now. and
glad to cinder bark to Hollywood's
expanse. Both have enjoyed poor
, health whilst here, particularly
! Archie, was homed a slew of flu
germs the weeks he New Yorked
i Curiously enough, Archie was at
i one time a cave dweller in Tin Pan
Alley, where germs frolic and syn
copate in dc luxe style. But Cali
fornia lias a way of toning down
the (host tcmperdmenta! constitu
' Here lies poor
I He talked back
To his suo’rvL'iov. ’
! From ye Film Village 3,000 miles
away meanders a note pertaining
to Folly Moran, the lady celluloid
Jester. Polly's fan mall, it seems,
hRs increased in leaps and bounds
and has put her in touch with fif
teen former school mates.
“Funny thing," puzzles Polly,
rubbing her nose tenderly, “they’re
nil prosperous and don't want a
single thing—not even an auto
Will Rogers laments the coming
of the 1alky film. The estimable
Will complains he used to meet his
cronies from the Coast and be
greeted in this wise:
“Hi, Will, you ole sun-of-a-gun.
Now, with the talkies here and
diction an art, all silent drama
players are striving to capture,
Rogers says he Is greeted thus:
"How do you do, Will,” each word
carefully rounded, mouthed and
given forth. “How are you feeling
! these days?”
j “I ain't so sure after tluvt how
I'm feelin,’ ” grieves Rogers.
Negotiations, I understand, have
' slagged but not fallen through
'twlxt Jed Harris, producer of “The
Front Page,” et cetera, and Walter
Wagner of Famous Players, where
by Harris become# affiliated with
F„ P. Tbe idea x am told, 1* for
Harris to control his own produc
ing unit, or units, and devote him
self exclusively to this work. The
salary is estimated as staggering
and may be visualized in plump
six-figured numbers with a heavy
dollar mark leading the procession.
If Jed Harris eventually decides to
I lead a talky contingent fop Famous
| Players and abandon his lucrative
! stage producing, it will mark an
overwhelming .step forward for the
| There's no question that Broad
way Is beset with the lure of talky
pictures. Usually it will mean dou
ble salary per picture. I am told
| that Jeanne Eagles, who just fin
! proved engine in the new car ha$
an average maximum horsepower
i No material change has been
| made in the Whippet six engine
other than to intreasc the com
' pression ratio which increases the
horsepower to fifty.
Steering mechanism has been
completely redesigned. ‘•Finger-tip"
control is employed, enabling the
driver to start the motor, operate
1 the lighting system and sound the
; horn by manipulation of a button
! on the steering wheel. All cars have
j mechanical four-wheel brakes.
i „ .... . i— ...
lshed "The Letter" for Famous, re
ceived approximately $75,000 for
Agents have corrajed a flock of
stage names and are endeavoring
to sell them to motion picture com
The small player fry lb agog over
the prospect, of raking In a neat
fortune In the movies.
The larger fry considers the sit
uatton with critical but cool mind. |
Many consider the talkies merely
a novelty, but one which few of the
producing organizations are able to
cope with at this time or for some
time to come.
Many cogitate over the recent
vote taken in a local theatre. Aud
iences for a week voted on the I
question: Which do you prefer—'
talky or silent films? And 85 per
cent voted for silent films. I won
der what other audiences think of
the same query and how they would
DREAMS SHE SHOULD BE
MAYOR OF MINNEAPOLIS
Minneapolis.—A dream that she
was destined to “lead the people”
had given Mlnneopolis its first wo
man candidate for mayor.
Mrs. FlQjenze Fredeen Gravdahl,
mother of four children, filed as a
candidate at the municipal primary
“I dreamed I was leading a big
army of. people," she said in ex
plaining her filing. Mrs. Gravdahl
has been active in local politics
for several years, but has never be
fore been a candidate for public of
STATE’S DEBT IS PLACED
AT 174,542,6000 DOLLARS
Raleigh.—Total debt of the state
o*i December 31, 1928^,»as ♦114,
542,600. a combined statement of
the auditor and treasurer Issued
Cash balance of $11,034,988.72
was on hand at the end of the year.
Of this cash balance $360,675.92
was reserved for the general fund:
$11,101,581.12 for highway and
other special funds, and $472,731.09
for outstanding warrants.
Southern California cites are al
ways worrying about their water
supply. Perhaps the way to in
sure a water supply would be to
j prohibit water.—San Diego Union.
MONEY AT 51/4%
FOR 5 TO 35 YEARS
You Owe It To Your Wife And Child
ren To Protect Them With A Co-Op
erative Long-Term Farm Loan.
They have enough troubles when you leave your
estate for settlement. If you have been forehanded
and have a 35-Year Loan ffom us you are sure they
will not be embarrassed by having to seek a loan at
what may be a most inopportune time. They merely
continue to pay the installments the same as you
have done. ■ It’s the most comfortable, cheapest,
safest, sensible and longest loan.
SHELBY NATIONAL FARM LOAN
HENRY B. EDWARDS,
21 Royster Building — Shelby, N. C.
Call or Phone 673. We’re Glad To Explain.
Service By Night
To Foreign Land*
Western Union Inaugurates New
rian Which Will Change
* Travel Much.
The Western Union Telegraph
company announces that effective
January 14, its 50-word night letter
service will be extended overseas to
its otflees In London. Liverpool,
Birmingham, Bristol, Bradford, and
Belfast. This cable night letter
will supplement the week-end cable
letter and is two cents per word
cheuper than the latter. For ex
ample 60 words may be sent to tlie
points mentioned for *3 00. The
new service will be extended to all
points In Great Britain and Ire
land as soon as the necessary ar
rangements can be made with the
British authorities. It will do away
with the expense incidental to cod
ing and decoding messages and
will provide the greater freedom of
expression in cablegrams which
plain language gives.
me extension oi mgnt letters
uverseas will mean much to the
business man who makes frequent
use of the cable, as well as to those
who use the CRble lor social mes
sages." A bulletin issued by the
company said. "Not only will the
fifty word cable night letter do
away with a great deal of the neces
sity lor coding Rnd decoding cable
grams’, always something of a chore,
aut it will at the same time provide
i greater freedom of expression In
cablegrams because It eliminates
the stilted phrnsology necessarily
employed wheif1 codes are used."
"The Introduction In this country
jf the night letter over the com
pany® land line system provided
American business with an economi
cal form of rapid overnight com
munication. In a comparatively
short time the company was handl
ing millions of night letters. At the
same time the number of full rate
messages showed a steady Increase.
It is only reasonable to assume that
the introduction of the night let
ter Idea Into overseas communica
tion will result In equal benefits to
those persons who employ the cable
for International communications.”
Originally there was but one rate
for trans-Atlantic messages but In
recent years there has been intro
duced a twenty word cable letter
and a week-end cable letter. These
services will,, of course, be continu
"The recent laying of high-speed
cables v;tth their higher carrying
capacity per minute, together with
operation economlcies. have result
ed In a surplus In the overnight
ruble capacity. This factor, coupled
with the fact that there Is today
a great amount of commercial cor
, respondent* which is being phy
j sically transported with delay in
the overseas mail, has been respon*
* slble in large part for the company,s
i decision to institute this special
j cable night letter service In mak
I tug thjs surplus .capacity commer
cially available an advantage ac
crues to the benefit of international
trade. Which will undoubtedly be
stimulated by this Inexpensive form
oi quick communication service.
'Tlie new service is also expected
to benefit the increasing number
of American tourists abroad by
providing them with economical
overnight communications with
their people at home. It is only
reasonable to assume that the
cable night letter will result in fur
ther popularizing the sending of
I The mother of ten children has
been sentenced to prison for life.
In Michigan, for selling liquor. Un
less pardoned'or paroled she prob
ably will enjoy her first, real rest,
in a decade.—Topeka State Jour
64 acres, 200 fruit trees, 2
houses 1 mile from Maiden,
'55.00 acre. 100 acres, 6
room house, 8 miles from
liincolnton, ?30.00 acre. The
above farms are on good
roads. Also have a few
other good values, all on
Fee or write,
J. Robt. Me Neely
I,inco!nton, N. C.
Destroys Malarial Germs in Dm
Wood. Pnmmrns thn Impurittss.
Restores Health and Eamfjr
aud makes tha Cheeks Rosy.
It fortifies the system against
Malaria and Chills. 60c.
ADVERTISE IN THE STAB
Sell Your Poultry!
A Poultry Car will he at the SEABOARD STA
TION in SHELBY on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY
IK. to purchase poultry from Cleveland county farm
ers ct the following prices: ,
HENS. High Breeds...281
LIGHT L Breeds .. 22c
H Breed Chickens_22c
Light Chickens_ 20c
COX .. 12c
GEESE _ 17c
HEN TURKEYS .. 30c
TOM TURKEYS.. 25e
The prices above were the high bids at 4 meet !
ing of six county agents held in Shelby thia week
and are the highest market prices to be received.
Remember the car is to be loaded WEDNESDAY,
'''' as new and
unrivaled to day as
the day it appeared
Coupe* . £1195 to £1875
Sedans . £1220 to £2145
Sport Can £1225 to £1550
These prices f. o. b. If stick Fac
tory. Convenient terms can
be arranged on the liberal
C. M. 4. C. Time Payment Plan.
With all makes of cars on display—with the improvements
for 1929 a matter of record—it must be plain to
that the new Buick with Masterpiece Bodies by nnat
merits final recognition as the moat advanced
of the day!
Its arresting new body lines and contours stamp it* im
mediately as the newest and most distinctive motor car style.
Its new Valve-in-Head six-cylinder engine is not only the
most powerful automobile engine of its sice in die world
but tne leader in getaway, swiftnesa and atamina as well.
Moreover, a host ofnew luxury factors makes the new Thrirfr
the most comfortable automobile to ride in and tp drive.
Scores of thousands of buyers have recognized these facts
and entered orders for the new Buick during the past five
months. And scores of thousands of others are acclaiming
Buick's advanced quality at automobile displays
throughout the country.
Every comparison proves the new Buick an outstanding
value—as new and unrivaled today as the day it appeared!
WITH MASTERPIECE BODIES BY FISHES
J. LAWRENCE LACKEY
DEALER -SHELBY, N. C.
WHEN BETTER A ITT OMOBH.ES ARE BUILT . . -