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Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Rain tonight and Thurs
day. Not much change in tempera
Tells Murder Story.
Greensboro, Jan. 15.—Clarence
Roberson, 18, recently discharged
from the army, sticks by his story
that he aided Gordon Northcott in
hilling four children on the prison
farm of Northcott at Riverside,
Calif., although police and welfare
authorities scout the story. Rober
son is so detailed in his story that
the police will hold him until in
structed otherwise by California
authorities. It has been found that
Roberson, several months after en
listment here, was removed from a
ship carrying troops to Hawaii and
was placed In a hospital at San
Francisco on September 3. Here he
rrmalned until December 20, under
treatment for mental excitement.
He was then retume dhome.
Accepts Page Resignation And In
dicates Important Highway
Raleigh, Jan. 15.—Governor Max
Gardners acceptance today of
Frank Page's resignation as chair
man of the state highway commis
sion. emphasizes the dif .rences, in
policy, between the governor and
the highway commission no less
than it publishes his excellency's
freedom from financial entangle
Mr. Gardner does not agree with
the commission that the state high
way work has been so nearly com
pleted that a whole time chairman
may be abolished. Manifestly his
excellency is going ahead with a
new road program which he -means
to make as important as that which
Mr. Page has directed for eight or
more years. Who is to be Mr. Gard
ner’s Prank Page, the governor
does not hint. It is doubtful wheth
er he has had.time to think about
the succession. Rut whoever he is.
Governor Gardner means to invest
him with a real Job and expects
of him a road contribution as far
reaching as that begun by Bickett
when Jie named Mr. Page an<f stim
ulated still more by Governor Mor
rison.._ . , .
Reading-between the lines of the
Gardner letter to page and reflect
ing upon the recent inaugural ad
dress, it is patent that Governor
Gardner is going to undertake a
radical savings in road construction
throughout the counties, coupled
with a great reduction in county
taxes. How blessed the populace
will rise up and call him should he
work such ft miracle nobody can
now imagine. But Gardner is go
ing to take the state machinery, the
state mind and the state's state of
mind, put them to- work on coun
ty roads. With a great body train
ed for this work, there may be in
time a reduction of the 2,000 road
commissioners to something like 10
in the state But Mr. Oardner has
not said this of himself.
Joint Meeting Friday.
The highway commission is to
meet in Joint session with the house
and senate Friday of this week but
his excellency accepted the Page
resignation without strings. The
commission undoubtedly wished
that Chairman Page retain tils pos
ition as par£ time director of the
state highway commission. Mr.
Gardner does not think it can be
done and says so in a remarkably
fine letter to Mr. Page accepting
the resignation. “I truly wish that j
you were in a position to remain as
highway commission, continuing to
give your full time to the big work
which, in my Judgment, demands
the whole time and undivided
thought oi the highway commis
sioner if the road policy of the fu
ture is to be worthy of our progres
sive state," Mr. Gardner says.
The Other Angle.
The other angle is purely politt- ]
cal. All that anybody ever has sus
pected of Gardner is that he has
been suspected of Gardner is that
he has been uncommonly close to
the Wachovia and the Reynolds in
terests in Winston-Salem.
There never has been any bottom
to the feeling about him. The fact
that he has become a moderately
rich young man, coupled with the
further fact that he is a great
friend of James A. and Bowman
Gray, Clay Williams, Will Reynolds,
Hugh Chatham, Bob, Jim, John and
every member of that remarkable,
Hanes family, has made many a
well wisher of Gardner believe that
much of his substance was made
through fortunate ‘tips" , from
these interests. People who know
Gardner understand that Shelby
and Cleveland county folks have
done his backing and they only.
Consequently, when Frank Page
went to the Wachovia ai.d became
a vice president of that wonderful
financial institution, the supposed
eubtale relationship between Gard
(Continued on page six.)
TWO HUNDRED AT
SCOOT MEET HERE;
Leading Citizens Interested In Boy
Scouts, Belwood Troop
J. W. Atkins, publisher of the
Gastonia Gazette was re-elected
president of the Piedmont Council
Boy Scouts of America at the an
nual meeting held last night at
Cleveland Springs hotel when over
200 prominent men interested in
the welfare of boys were present
from the five counties of Cleveland,
Gaston, Lincoln, Rutherford and
Polk, which compose the council.
Dr. Meyer Speaks.
With over a thousand Boy Scouts
in the council, the report on pro
gress of the work were mast grati
fying and the interest of the men
were outstanding, for it was the
largest council meeting held since
boy scouting was started in this
section with R. M. Slilele as scout
The principal address of the
evening was made by Dr. Harold D.
Meyer, associate professor of sociol
ogy at the University of North Car
olina. He gave six keys of boys
I knowledge, facility, faith s^and re
lease, handling his subject, in a
masterful manner and leaving
thoughts that will stimulate men to
a deeper concern for boy life in the
24 Towns Represented.
Mr. Atkins is the former president
of the council and during his lead*
ership the work has grown mar
velously with over 1,000 active scouts
in training today. Representatives
were here from Morganton, States
ville and Hickory, outside the
council territory, but affiliating for
the present. Mr. Atkins presided
with grace and ease and found that
24 towns were represented. Dr. Zeno
Wall delivered the Invocation after
which reports were received from
President Atkins, treasurer J. W.
Cu}p, executive R. M. Shiele and
commissioner G» R. Gillespie.
The following vice presidents also
made their reports: F. C. Ktnzie
from Rutherford; F. P. Bacon from
Polk; Harry Page from Lincoln; J.
H. Grigg from Cleveland, and A. C.
Lineberger, jr.. from Gaston.
Secure High School Credit.
The meeting was i i cvlew of the
year 1923 with on oi tJine of oojec
tlves for 1939 Throughout the
meeting th *re was expressed a lack
of leadership by men. A number of
troops had gone on the passive list
because men In somo legalities were
not available as scou.masters. The
boys, however, are keen for the
training that is offered and B. L.
Smith, making the report of school
relations found most of the school
superintendents in the council
ready to give students credit on
their high school work for scout
A. C. Jones made the report on
the department of awards, J. Mack
Holland tor the publicity commit
tee, Judge Capps for civic service
committee. R. M. Shiele on leader
ship training. Rev. H. C. Keller
meyer on church relations, R. T.
LeGrand on troop organization, R.
M. Shiele for reading committee,
Fred E. Swann on camping, Fred
L. Smyre on finance. R. M. Shiele
on health and safety, B. L. Smith
on school relations, R. M. Shiele
on lone and rural scouting, Chas.
T. Stowe on scoutmasters.
Cleveland county’s report showed
up well. The largest troop in the
council is at Belwood, a rural com
munity with over 40 members. An
effort,will be made to organize at
Fallston and Waoo soon and revive
troops at Lawndale and Grover
which are without leaders. The as
sessment for Cleveland tills year is
the same as last year, $1,300.
Gaston county leads in scout
support, contributing over $6,000 of
the $10,000 necessary for the bud
get. The civic clubs and individuals
in Gastonia have been very liberal
to the council camp at Tryon. Gas
tonia has 24 troops and is the cen
ter of scout activity.
Officers Elected, f
In addition to J. W. Wibs as
president. C. W. Gunter was elect
ed treasurer, Geo. R. Gillespie com
missioner, Clarence Griffin, vice
president for Rutherford; F. P.
Bacon vice president for Polk; Har
ry Page vice president for Lincoln;
Lee B. Weathers vice president for
Cleveland and D. P. Stowe, vice
president for Gaston.
Messrs. Worth Branton and Steve
Woodson >eU today at noon for New
York City where they will be gone
for about 'cn days.
Photo shows George Harsh, university
student and son of a wealthy Milwaukee
family, as he appeared in the Fulton Coun
ty County Court House Tuesday, when ho
went on trial for his life in the murder of
Willard Smith, storeman. Harsh and It C
CnHojcly, also a university student avid son
of a wealthy Atlantan, are charged with
two slayings, committed <Iuring Atlanta
holdups test year.—Photo by International
To His Plant Here
Z. J. Thompson Adding Fifty Fer
Cent To Lumber Plant And
Additions that will Increase the
capacity of the Z. J. Thompson
lumber plant and casket factory are
being made on N. Washington
street. Mr. Thompson is building
an addition of from fifty to seventy
five feet long by seventy feet wide.
This will double the capacity of
the casket factory and add fifty per
cent to the capacity of the lumber
On the Seaboard railroad siding
there is also being erected a ware
house 40x60 feet. The enlarged
warehouse space will enable Mr.
Thompson to buy metal caskets and
grave vaults in car lots and also
permit him to carry a fuller line of
Mr. Loy Thompson, son of Mr.
Z. J. Thompson has returned to
Shelby from ‘Brevard and will de
vote his time on the road as sales
man. The lumber plant which Mr.
Loy Thompson has been operating
at Brevard has been sold.
Mrs. Webb’s Father
Prominent Tarboro Citizen Suc
cumbs .To Heart Attack—
Father Of Mrs. E. V. Webb.
Mrs. E. Y. Webb received a tele
phone message Tuesday morning
telling her of the sudden death of
her father, Mr. John R. Pender at
Tarboro. Ke had been sick with
influenza but was improving and
had expected to come to Shelby for
a visit with her. The news of h‘,3
death was a great shock to the
family and friends.
Judge Webb had left Tuesday
morning for Charlotte to open
federal court there when the mes
sage reached here. He was notified
'and Mrs. Webb and children join
ed him there as soon as possible
and motbred to Tarboro to attend
the funeral which will be held to
Details of his sickness could not
be learned. He was a member of
one of the mo6t prominent Eastern
Carolina families and a man ot
Stolen Car Found
In New York City
Dr. R. C Hicks has learned that
his car stolen several weeks ago in
Charlotte has been located in New
York. Officers recovered the car
and notified Dr. Hicks who will go
for it shortly and bring it back to
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hamrick and
Miss Agnes McBraycr are visiting
ill Charlotte todnv
Local Man In
In the recent $25,000 Durant
prise contest for the best plan
offered to make the eight
eenth Amendment effective
a Shelby eitjren, Mr. John M.
Shannonhouse, contributed an
essay which received favor
' Such was the Shannon
house plan that the Durant
committee requested its pub
lication in The Star. It may
be iound on an inside page
Shooting Trial On
Docket For Saturday
Local officers stated today that
the charges against P. A. McEntire,
of Lawndale, developing about the
shooting of Dutch Whisnant, for
mer baseball star, would be heard
in county court Saturday morning
at 10 o'clock.
Whisnant, whose leg was ampu
tated as the result of the wound,
left the hospital here a few days
back and will be able to attend the
trial it is stated.
Aged Indian, Long
Time Hermit, Dead
Asheville. Jan. 15.—Alexander
Stan ding water, aged Cherokee In
dian. died yesterday in his hermit
shack in the mountains'of Jackson
county, following *a short illness
from influenza. Since the death of
his little daughter many years ago.
Standingwater had lived the life of
a hermit. His 'daughter had been
sent to the government school for
Indian children at Cherokee. She
did not like the ways and manners
of the paleface teachers, sc one dark
night she stole away andjtried to
find her father and home.
When she attempted to cross the
Ocona Lufta river, swollen by the
Spring rains, she was caught in the
rushing torrent and drowned. Her
father’s grief was so great that he
retired to a hermit's life away from
Mull On Finance
Committee As Head
J. K. Wilson Of Pasquotank Is
Named Head Of Appropria
Raleigh, Jan. 16.—Representative
◦. M. Mull, of Cleveland county,
was named chairman of the house
committee on finance by Speaker
A H. Graham while, the chairman
ship of the appropriations commit
tee was given to Representative J.
K. Wilson, of Paskuotank.
By virtue of their chairmanships
of these committees, which have
a large hand in shaping all finan
cial legislation, Mull and Wilson
automatically become ex-offlcio
members of the advisory budget
Mr. Mull, who Is State Demo
cratic chairman, was also named as
a member of several other Import
Union Trust Elected
Its Former Officers
Places S15.00Q To Surplus. Former
Directions Re-elected At
At the annual meeting of the
stockholders of the Union Trust
company held Tuesday morning at
11 o'clock, the former officors and
directors were rc-elected. During
the past year a six per cent dividend
was paid and the officers on yes
terday placed $15,000 additional to
the surplus of the institution which
. maintains branches at Fallston,
i Lawndale and Lattitnore.
' The directors are Chas. C. Blan
ton, J. T. Bowman, E, B, Hamrick,
, T. A. Stamey, J. H. Quinn, J. R
Schenck, sr., Dr. L. V. Lee, C. C.
Hamrick, L. S. Hamrick, C. H.
Shull, J. F. Roberts, George Blan
ton and Forrest. Eskridge.
Officers are Chas. O. Blanton
fresident, J T. Bowman, John F.
Schenck. sr., Geo BGlanton. T.
A. Stamey, Dr. L. V. Lee, E. B.
( Hamrick vice presidents and For
rest Eskridge cashier. J. F. Roberts
I was re-elected head of the insur
' ance department.
First Baptist Church To Have
‘Book Day ” For Boiling Springs
Just before press time today
The Star's drive for books for
the Boiling Springs college
totalled "118 volumes. Late con
tributions of books reported
were: J. II. Quinn, 103; Rev. D.
J. Hunt, 15; J. M. Hall, 37.
Members of the First Baptist
church in Shelby are going to gel
behind the drive for books to Boil
ing Boiling Springs college, it was
: announced today by Dr. Zeno Wall,
Sunday week will be "Book Day"
with the Baptists, he says, and at
that time members of the congre
gation will bfe asked to lend a hand
to the nio\ ement for advancing the
! college library up to the junior col
lege requirements. Along with the
announcement Dr. Wall ran the
total of books already contributed
, to 63 by giving 20 volumes of his
'BILL MAY REVIVE
OLD SMITH SPLIT
WITH NEW BUTTLE
i Hoey Anil Clardnor Until CnnsIH
' ered An Senatorial Timber,
Raleigh, Jan. 18.—The introduc
tion of a bill to restore to the gov
ernor the power to appoint United
States senators, introduced by Sen
ator Willie M I car son. of Franklin,
la expected to cause a renewal of
the fight between the Smith and
Senator Person w is c red-hot,
Smith support *r In the last cam
paign. He went through hlo district
telling the people that if they would
not vote for A1 they need not vote
for him, and he peop'e c,’ the sixth
district returned a majority for the
entire ticket. In hts first speech of
this session, the Franklin senator
chided his colleagues with "work
ing for Smith in the daytime and
praying for Hoovei at night," and
he has alwavs favored rending the
"Hoover Democrats" out of the
The bill Is supported because of
the age ol the two senators from
North Carolina, and the precarious
health of Senator Simmons. Until
the 1927 legislature. In North Caro
lina, as In other states, the gover
nor had the power to appotnt. a
senator in case of resignation or
death, but that legislature voted
; that a special primary must be
Governor McLean was under
stood to favor the bill passed then,
since he realized that while there
was a good chance of the people's
electing him to the senate, he could
not, with good grace, appoint him
Whether or not Oovernor Gard
ner will favor the repeal of +he
enactment of the last legislature, As
proposed by Senator Person, Is a
matter which the new governor de
clines to discuia at the present
tune. In hf* Inaugural address, be
dednmrih* Was highly In favor of
the primary system. Iti addition, it
must be remembered that Oov
ernor Gardner’s brothcr-ln-law,
Clyde R. Hoey, of Shelby, has for
at least 10 years been mentioned as
a probable successor to Senator
Overman, and the fact that he
could not, with good grace appoint,
or decline to appoint, a near rela
Gardner Takes No Sides.
Further Governor Gardner Is
aware of the fact that the tncum
| bent, aprpinted by the governor,
lias the advantage in a primary
contest, by virtue of his office. On
the other hand, he Is aware of the
! disadvantages of having the state
without full representation In the
senate during the primary, and pre
election campaign. It was only na
tural, therefore, that the new gov
ernor declined to take a position on
the bill Immediately after Us In
The Smith forces are expected to
line up solidly behind Senator Per
son, since they It tr that a com
bination of Republicans and anti
Smith Democrats could control a
Democratic primary, and nominate
a mat^ with policies similar to those
of Simmons. The Republicans, on
the other hand, are expected to
vote as a party against the bill,
since they can now enter the Dem
ocratic yprty primary. In many
' places, and help choose the nomi
' nee. v
The Person bill also caused a re
i vlval of gossip concerning who the
candidates for senator will be, both
from the east and west. The men
discussed are as follows: cast, A. W.
McLean, Lumberton; Josephus
Daniels, of Raleigh, and Chief Jus
tice W. P. Stacy, of Wilmington;
west, Clyde R. Hoey, of Shelby,
Cameron Morrison, of Charlotte.
Governor Gardner, and R. R. Rey
nolds of Asheville.
Considerable pressure is being
i brought to bear on e:;-Governor
McLean to run against Senator
Simmons, in 1930, if the senator is
a candidate for re-election, despite
the fact that Simmons and Mc
Lean had always been close poli
tical friends, and broke for the
first time when Simmons refused
to support Smith.
Yates Family Gone.
Mr. D. R Yates, former assistant
manager of the J. C. Penney com
pany in Shelby accompanied by
Mrs. Yates anti tl.eif daughter.
Phyllis, left Shelby Tuesday morn
ing for Dublin. Georgia. Mr. Yates
has bfeen assigned to 'the manager
ship of the Dublin store of the
Penney company. He had been as
sistant to Mr. E. E. Scott, the lora!
I manager for two years. nnd was
1 well known and popular in the city.
Two Men Talked As Candidates
\ For Mayor Will Not Run, They
Say When Queried—Specalation
; Five Couples Get
License In Gaffney
| Cleveland County Lore tom Con
tinue To Visit Gretna
The lovelorn youngsters of Cleve-1
I land county continue their pll-,
Rrimages to the Gaffney Gretna !
I Last week the following five!
couples from this section secured1
marriage license there:
June Nance and Beulah Lay. both
of Kings Mountain: Addie Pack, of
Mooresboro, and Addle Dale, of Hol
lis; Ernest L. Nordan and Lackey
Oaks, both of Shelby; Roland Hoyle
Norman and Evangeline Ford Wes
son, both of Lawndale; Elan Frank
lin Wise, of Vale, and Cora Emma
Helms, of Cherry ville; Thadeus
Rcld McSwaln and Colleen West,
I both of Shelby.
-MAKE ON POULTRY
Get Near $5,000 For Poultry Hold
Here Today. Hardin
Poultry is getting to b« just, about
ns much of a "money crop" to
Cleveland county farmers as cot
A Farmers Federation poultry
car was being loaded here today
and County Agent Alvin fUrdtB
estimates that during the day farm
ers of the county will sell between
$4,600 and $5,000 worth of poultry
to the car agents.
In fact county poultry sales for
two days will pass the $5,000 mark
as farmers In the upper rortlon of
the county sold quite a bit of poul
try to the car loaded at Ellenboro
yesterday. This despite the fact
that a ear wras loaded with poultry
here only about 10 daya ago.
Prediction was lest year that
there would be little poultry to sell
in the county this year, but poultry
sales for the year will likely sur
pass those of last year, it Is thought.
Abbey Team Licks
j Highs In “Can” Here
Shelby Quint Weakened With Milt.
Gold Not In
Playtng without the service of
one of their best men. Gold. Casey
Morris’ quintet of high players had
an off night last night at the tin
can. and Belmont Abbey ran up a
one sided score of 30-11.
Starting the game off on equal
footing the two teams looked as
though they would present a tight
battle. However Shelby's Inability to
ring the basket when chances were
offered gave the Abbey boys their
best bet. Shelby missed numerous
snowbirds from under the basket.
At the half the score was 13.7 with
S Belmont leading.
Bridges and Wall, placing their
j usual stellar game, were the main
, stays for Shelby. but even these
were off. Bridges high scorer for
i the locals having only four points.
Diamond, a flashy forward for Bel
mont, was high scorer for the visit
ors with 9 points.
The highs play Hcnrielta-Caro
lsen there tonight and meet the
same quint here Friday night.
Then Shelby's next game Is sched
uled with the Abbey team at Bel
mont, on January 22.
The line-up of Tuesday's game
Shelby To*. Belmont
Lee . ..F.Diamond
Bridges __...G......... Mooney
; Hullck ..._G_... Hawikns
Wife Of Prominent
Methodist Is Dead
Dr. arid Mrs. Hugh K. Boyer have
received word of the death of Mrs.
; E. L. Bain, wife of Rev. Mr. Bain.
\ D. D„ of the Virginia Methodist
conference who died Tuesday morn
ing tn Richmond. Va. Dr. and
Mrs. Bain lived in North Carolina
for many years where he was pas
tor of the leading churches at Gas
tonia, Winston-Salem and Greens
boro. At the time of Mrs. Bain's,
death he was pastor of a Richmond
Mrs. Bain was a wonderfully at
tractive woman with a most love
ly disposition and her death is
learned with great rorrowr to her
many friends in North Carolina.
Sheriff I or*n And E. L. Webb X*'
Candid*tee.. At Leant
Mayor W. N. Dorsey's announce
ment Monday that he would be a
candidate for mayor again revived
political talk about Shelby, but eo
far the Mayor has the field to hUtt
Reports going the rounds of the
political centers Tuesday had it that
two others, and possibly three
would announce soon, but the two
prospective candidates talked moat
disclaimed any such Intention for
the present when questioned b'
Logan And Webb.
Sheriff Hugh Logan, who retiree
from office in April, and who has
been mentioned often as a likely
candidate by hU friends, stated
that he knew nothing about any
plan that he would announce for
mayor. In discussing the matter he
did not seem inclined to encourage
those who would support hie can
Mr. E. L. Webb, another nroepeet
talked by friends and the political
ly inclined, also declared that he
had no present Intention of offer
ing for the city Hall office. "There's
a lot of criticism end cussing in that
Job for what a fellow gets out of
It." he declared.
Thus evaporated two candidacies
fostered by the political prophets
unless, of course, Meesrs. Logan and
Webb have a change in sentiment
before the May ballot battle.
Several other likely* candidates,
including Mr. Prank V. Hoyle, bate
been talked, but there is nothing
in the air now that would definitely
Indicate an early announcement.
Yet <me cannot always tell—some
political ambitions can bloom, blos
som. and on occasions wilt wet
Mail la Talked.
In the l||t,day or so the name of
i Judge John P. Mull has been men
j ttoned frequently aa a likely can
No additional statement has oome
from Mayor Dorsey since his an
nouncement, although in some
quarters further announcements
from him are anticipated in that
in his, entry he declared that he
had other changes in mind. A por
tion of the public, naturally,, is
curious about that line, but it may
be. unless other candidate* get in
the race, that their curtoelty will
Governor And Hit
Golf Pal Keep At
It Even In Raleigh
Gardner In First Golfing Governor
In History Of Slat*
■ ■ - No Jones.
Raleigh.—North Carolina has it,
first golfing governor.
Governor Morrison took no •*v*r
clse, and Governor McLean walk
ed, but no ether governor has ever
played golf, regularly or irregularly.
"I want it distinctly understood
that I have no Intention of let
ting affairs of state or anythin?
else keep me away from my regu
lar outdoor exercise," announced
i the governor yesterday at his first
But while the governor plans
■ to discard the formal cutaway cut
I and striped trousers in which he
visited his office yesterday for
knickers and to become a frequent*
er of the links of the Carolina
Country club, there is not much
danger of his winning any cupe—
i unless the matches are restricted
| to job hunting politicans.
I For Governor Gardner plays golf
with his left hand- and the pro
fessionals are unanimous in declar
ing “there ain't no such animal’
whenever reference! is made to a
During the general assembly the
governor will probably continue hl
feuds with O. M. Mull, state Demo
cratic chairman, who also attacks
a golf ball from the port side, $nd
who has been playing against the
governor on the Shelby course for
the last eight or ten yean without
'either player securing a marked ad
Bind Smalley Over
In Shooting Affray
Horace Kennedy yesterday Maurice
Smalley was placed under a 1600
i bond to superior court on a charge
I developing from a shooting at
Cnsar sonic time bock when Palmer
Hoyle was shot The bond uJJ un
til the hearing had been'$300, ,;.'
In a hearing before Recorder