VOL. XXXV, No. y
THE CLEVELAND STAR
SHELBY, N. 9.
MONDAY. ,? AN. 21. 1929. Published Monday, Wednesday . and Friday Afternoons By mail, per year (in advance) «2.W
Cotton, Shelby .... liMic
Cotton Seed, per bu. ...._67!4c
Clcndy And Rain.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Cloudy tonight and Tues
day, probably occasional showers.
Somewhat wanner tonight and In
north portion Tuesday.
Talk Court Inquiry.
The court of inquiry to be held
here Wednesday afternoon by the
recorder has created quite a stir
< over the town and county with the
major Interest centering in the de
bate as to whether or not the ad
testiflcadum proceedings will bring
out any great amount of valuable
information about bootleg and ex
tracts traffic here. Recorder Ken
nedy and Solicitor Gardner Insist
that they want all private citizens
who will to come in Thursday aft
ernoon and tell the court what they
know of prohibition law violation
Dr. Whiten And Two Others At
Four Places In County
Every Cleveland county farmer
who can possibly do so is urged to
attend at least one of the four big
' farm meetings acheduled for this
county on Wednesday ard Thurs
day of this week.
Three of the most prominent farm
leaders in the state, one of whom
is one of the best known cotton au
thorities in the South, will be the
^ speakers* They are Dr. R. Y. Win
ters, director of the State agricul
tural experiment station; W. F.
Pate, state agronomist, and James
M. Gray, nitrate of soda expert.
The first meeting will be held in
the court house here Wednesday
afternoon at 2:30, the second at
the Belwood school at 7:30 Wednes
day afternoon, and the final meet
ing Thursday night at 7:30 at Lat
timore. All thjee men will speak
at the four meetings, which have
7 been arranged and located that
every fanner in the county may
conveniently attend. - „
Hear Dr. Winters. .
County Agent Hardin and others
believe that no fanner m the coun
ty should pass up the opportunity
of hearing the three men, particu
larly Dr. Winters as farmers of the
county should feel honored at his
coming to this county tor two days
to tender valuable information.
He has done more few community
1 cotton breeding, perhaps, than any
other man. and community breed
ing is the major item in the cotton
Dr. Winters also led the movement
for thick Spacing and narrow rows.
* Considered the outstanding cotton
man of the southeast he was one of
the three men compiling the score
card for the national cotton con
tests, and was also one of the three
Judges. His hobby is cotton breeding
and he spent three years at Cornell
university studying this phase of
Dr. Winters, and Messrs. Tate and
Gray will discuss cotton breeding,
fertilization, use of nitrate, and
practically every phase of cotton
production of interest to the far
mers of the state's biggest cotton
i . Mo farmer should pass up the op
portunity of hearing them at one
of the four meetings to which the
public is invited without charge
and as a part of the farm extension
Miss Sara Austell, who teaches in
Kings Mountain spent the week
end at home.
The Women Buy,
Through The Star
Mrs. Sippel, head of the
General Federation of Wo
man's clubs says women do
nine-tenths of the buying,
spending fifty-two thousand
million dollars each year.
“That’s Important to advis
ers,” says Arthur Brisbane.
The 8tar goes directly into
these homes of its subscrib
ers—homes where the women
who are the purchasing
agents for the families, live.
They are watching Sjtar ad
vertising columns for bar
gains because they are a good
Judge of merchandise and
Each afternoon The Star is
oublithed. 13 carrier boys,
deliver The Star directly in
to the homes of its subscrib
ers in Shelby and suburbs,
while the 23 rural letter car
riers in the county, find The
Star their largest single pa
In An Hour
Busy Corner At Southeast Side Of
i Court Square In Busi
How many people, shoppers and
otherwise, swarm the streets of
Shelby on Saturday afternoons?
Have you ever tried counting them?
If not, you're in for a surprise.
Last Saturday afternoon R. E.
Williams made a wager that at least
1,000 people would pass the comer
of South Lafayette street and East
Warren street, at the old Cleve
land drug store stand, within one
hour. Then he and the fellow he
wagered with counted them, the
count including the stream going
both directions, east and west.
At the end of the hour 2,150 peo
ple had passed by both counts, and
of the number 1,510 were white and
One reason, no doubt, that large
stores locate branches in Shelby,
county seat of a big cotton pro- j
ducing and spinning county.
On “Still” Bonus
For Officers Here
Some Think Booties Manufacture
Would Increase By Plan.
Whether or not the bill in Ra
leigh proposing to have deputy
sheriffs and officers of this county
get their man along with his dis
tillery before they receive their $20
bonus would hamper or help the
manufacture of bootleg whiskey in
! Cleveland county is a matter of de
i bate since the bill was drawn up and
forwarded to Raleigh.
I On the ether hand numerous peo
ple. including officers, disagree,
saying th*t the manufacture of
whiskey in the county will increase
as officers will not be over anxious
to spend several days and night*
locating a still and then receive no
pay if the operator, or operators
In the meantime there has been
some conjecture about the court
house as to who sponsored the
drawing up of.the bill.
Little Made Here.
During the discussion about the
proposed bill officers and others
gave it as their oivtolon that cmly
a small percentage of the whiskey
sold in this county Is made here.
A big part of it, they said, came in
from South Carolina, or from
Wilkes and other counties In this
Dead At Spindale
Clerk Of Superior Court In Ruth
erford Is Victim Of
Forest City, Jan. 18.—J. Y. Yel
tcn, 56, clerk of Rutherford superior
court since 1924, died at his home
in Spindale Friday morning after
a short illness from influenza
which was followed by pneumonia.
Mr. O. Dickerson, of Rutherford
ton, was appointed by Judge Mich
ael Schenck to fill out Mr. Yelton's
unexpired term. Judge Schenck was
sitting dn a regular court term to
Asheville and signed Ahe appoint
ment of Mr. Dickerson to that city.
Funeral services were held Sat
urday at noon ifrom the Spindale
Baptist church of which Mr. Yel
ton was a member from its organ
ization, and of which he was a
trustee and deacon. An additional
funeral service was conducted at
Cedar Grove Methodist church, at
Sunshine, where the burial was
Mr. Yelton is survived by his aged
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Y. Yel
ton of Sunshine; his widow and six
children, three sons, Vemon, John
and Spurgeon K. Yelton, and three
daughters, Bess, Mary and Annie
Yelton, all of Spindale. Four broth
ers, Jake Yelton of Spinda’e; James
Yelton of Columbia, S. C.; Landrum
Yelton, Forest City, end Julian Yel
ton of Wilmington, also survive.
Mr. Yelton was a member of the
Masonic and Junior orders.
Squirrel Season Has
Closed, Warden Says
County Game Warden Mike H.
Austell warns hunters that the open
season for squirrels to this county,
which began September 15, closed
on the 15th of this month, or a
week ago. The ’possum season will
close on January 31, a week from
Thursday. The ’possum hunting
season opened on October 1. The
dove season, it was reminded, end
ed December 31, last year.
Dutch Whisnant Takes Stand And
Tells Of Shooting Last
In a hearing before Recorder i
Horace Kennedy here Saturday P.
A. McEntire was bound over to Su
perior court under a $2,000 bond
on the charge of assault with dead- j
ly weapon with intent to kill in con
nection with the shooting of Horace 1
(Dutch) Whisnant, baseball star,
last November at Lawndale.
On the charge of carrying a con
cealed weapon, namely a pistol,
McEntire was fined $50 and the,
Three Witnesses lTp.
Only three witnesses took the
stand—Whisnant. Cullen Morrison.]
who operates the power house at1
Lawndale where the shooting took
place, and W. J. Littlejohn, another
Whisnant hobbled to the stand
on crutches, swinging an empty
trouser leg which once was filled
with the leg that stepped forward
on the pitcher’s mound often enough
in one year to make him the out
standing high school pitcher in
North Carolina. The leg was ampu
tated at the hospital here some
time after the shooting when com
plications arose in connection with
the bullet wound in the leg.
Had Card Game.
His story was that he, McEntlre.
and Littlejohn were in a card game
late in the night at the rower
house. An argument developed be
tween McEntlre and Whlsnant.
and, according to Wht*iant, MC
Entire shoved him. and he In turn
struck McEntlre. They were parted
by Littlejohn and Cullen Morrison,
and McEntlre walked around be
hind tfie generator with Morriaon.'
Near the door, Just a few minutes
later, the two encountered each
other again, Whlsnant hit McEn
tire. according to Whlsnant's story,
and McEntlre swung at him and
lost his bafanea. Item where ha
fell towards the generator Whls
nant said McEntlre pulled a gun
from under his coat.
"I started towards him and then
I was shot,” he concluded.
The evidence tendered by Mor
rison was that he came on duty
at 12 o’clock, found them playing
cards and asked them to quit.
About that time, the witness said,
an argument arose between McEn
tlre and Whisnant. the latter strik
ing the former. In some manner,
said Morrison, Whlsnant stumbled
over the cushion they were playing
on and as he did so McEntlre
reached over after him. Then, Mor
rison continued, he saw a gun in
McEntire’s hip-pocket and took it
out. After they were parted he
said that McEntlre called him
round behind the generator and
asked him for his gun, “declaring
that he was going home Morrison
gave it to him, he said, and Mc
Enttre walked to the door where
Whisnant was standing thanking
Littlejohn for parting them. Whis
nant, Morrison said, turned to Mc
Entire and said “I thank you, too.
O_n you, ana si'rucK. wwubuc,
who, Morrison said, grabbed Whls
nant around the body and told him
that he was not mad. In some
way he lost his hold and fell^to
the floor and about that time, Mor
| rison said, the gun went off. When
I he first saw the gun after the shot,
[he said, it was lying on the floor
and a piece of the hammer was
broken. The witness said he did
hot see McEntire pull the gun and
point it at Whisnant.
The testimony of Littlejohn was
practically the same as that of
Morrison. Neither did ne see Mc
Entire pull the gun out of his
pocket, or point it at Whisnant.
The Impression they seemed to
gain was that the gun struck the
floor when McEntire stumbled as
the gun sounded, when it discharg
ed, as it went off down about their
feet. That the gun was discharged
by falling to the floor they did not
say, definitely, neither did they say
it was not fired by McEntire, oth
er than that neither, both looking
way. saw McEntire draw the gun
or fire it.
Carried To Hospital.
McEntire, all the witnesses said,
along with Littlejohn brought the
wounded man to the Ijospttal here.
On cross-examination Attorney B.
T. Falls, for the defense, brought
out in questioning Whisnant that
McEntire visited him at the hos
pital, leaving a dollar me time for
him to purchase cigarettes.
"You don't have anything against
each other now, do you?'' Mr. Falls
"I don’t knok about him, but I
have nothing against him except
(Continued m :n«e eight)
Former Mayor, Paul Webb, Is
Talked As A Likely Candidate
R. E. CARPENTER
R. E. Carpenter, Candidate Two Years Ago,
Mentioned Along With
It has been one week since
Mayor W. N. Dorsey announced him
sell a candidate for reelection as
mayor and as yet he has the field
to himself. Meantime, however, the
political pow-wows and parleys
have brought in the names of a half
dozen likely candidates, with a new
name being added for near every
day of the week.
Two of those talked as opponents
to the present mayor have dis
claimed any present intention of
running, while statements, have
not been made by the others.
Webb On Economy.
Close friends of Paul Webb, drug
gist and war-time mayor of Shel
by, say that ho may announce in
the near future and that hia dat
form will center about economy, al
though no definite statement Is
made about the candidacy or the
talked-of platform. R. E. Carpen
ter, former school board member
and a candidate two years ago, has
a big following, which, t Is under
stood, Is urging him to get In the
race again. Another candidacy
talked Is that of Jesse Washburn
young cotton man and grandson of
J. J. McMurry, who Is being groom
ed by the younger voters of the
town provided a prospective busi
ness change does not eliminate his
prospects of offering.
But despite the prospects no oth
ers have announced, and despite the
lack of announcement* the talk of
“Flu” Holds Down
Many Failures Came Of Low Rec
ord. Parents Should Note
There were 312 failures In the
Shelby schools during the fourth
month as compared with 87. honor
roll students. The recent influenza
epidemic is said to be the cause of
the low record in attendance and
the large number of failures.
Parents are urged by the school
authorities to cooperate in the
matter of attendance. Pupils absent
without excuse forfeit credits in
each class missed during the ab
sence. Illness or family afflictions
are the two excuses recognized by
The fourth month attendance re
School E. A.T. H. R. F.
Jefferson . ... 368 295 3 4
LaFayette . .. 290 230 6 5
Washington . .. 186 167 14 0
Marion. 323 289 14 22
S. Shelby __ 520 454 19 13
Graham. 281 231 12 41
High School .. 616 422 19 127
Col School ... 480 363 0 0
2964 2461 87 212
Mrs. E. G. Brandon Is
Victim Of Pneumonia
Wife Of Shelby Electrician Suc
cumbs At Are 39—Leaves
Mrs. E. G. Brandon died this
morning at the Shelby hospital
where she was a patient with
pneumonia, following an attack of
influenza about a month ago. Her
condition gradually grew worse and
after complications set in. the best
medical skill seemed to no avail.
Mrs. Brandon was only 39 years of
age and leaves her husband and
five children, the oldest of which is
Two Story Building
To Be Erected Soon
Blanton And Weathers To Erect
Fire Proof Building For
I Store Boons.
A two story brick and steel build
ing 32x100. feet will be erected at
an early date on the vacant lot on
the South side of the Masonic
Temple building by Geo. Blanton
and Lee B. Weathers where two
store rooms will be provided on the
ground floor. The ground floor
store rooms will be approximately
16 feet wide with beautiful show
windows. It is understood that ten
ants for the same have been se
The second floor will be approxi
mately 28x100 feet with an outside
entrance while a basement will be
provided under the entire building
with an outside entrance.
Hugh E. White, Gastonia archi
tect who drew the plans for the
First Baptist church here will begin
drawing the plans this week for
this building after which bids will
be received and the contract let for
The building, it is understood,
will be of fireproof construction and
ornamental as well as substantial
in every particular wij,h steam heat.
Poultry Brings In Large Sum.
The .carload of poultry sold here
last week by Cleveland county far
mers to the Farmers Federation
brought 15,206 in cash to Cleveland
farmers, it is announced by Alvin
Hardin, county agent. A total of
21,033 pounds was sold and far
mers were busy up to 10 o’clock
in the night loading the car.
eight years, and the youngest nine
Mrs. JSrandon’s husband is a well
known electrician now working with
the city. It is understood Mrs.
Brandon’s remains will be taken to
Woodruff, S. C. for interment there
Congressman Balwinkle Gives
To Boiling Springs Library
The Star’s drive tor books for
the Boiling Springs library was
boosted to the 300-volume mark
over the week-end by a contribu
tion from Congressman A. L. Bul
winkle of 36 volumes.
In a letter Major Bulwinkle says:
"Several days ago I read in the
Cleveland Star that books were
wanted for the Bolling Springs
high school library. I have taken
pleasure In mailing to the librarian
of your school thirty-six volumes
which I trust will prove benefi
cial to the students.
“If these books are not received
within two weeks, kindly let me
10 CHANCING PAY
OF TIE SOLICITOR
Bill To Tut %'ounty Solicitor On
Salary Basis Argun* Too
Ere the end of this week Repres
entative Odus Mull may hear of op
position In Shelby to the bill he
has been asked to introduce In leg
islature whereby the solicitor of the
county court would be placed on a
salary basis instead of being paid
by fees from the court.
•In some circles, It is understood,
the change Is being fought and
there ts talk of a petition being cir
culated asking the county’s repres
entative not to Introduce the bill.
/ Why Opposition?
The main points of the opposition
are not known, although some of
the opposition, according to reports.
Is because the bill reads that ll"
passed the salary ts to be determined
by the county commissioners. Pre
sumably the opposition would have
the salary of the solicitor set by the
legislature as happened when all
Cleveland county officers were
taken from the fee system and
placed upon ftxed salaries.
Many For Change.
On the other hand. although
there are no rerorts of supporting
petitions, there arc quite a number
who foregather in the court house
circle who favor the change to a
salary basis. Under the present
system, they argue, the county soli
citor gets a fee of *3.50 for each
conviction in the county court. The
county recorder gets a fixed salary
of *2,000 per year although there is
a recorder's fee of *1.60 for each
case he hears, or *2.60 if the record
er also Issues the warrant. This fee
be it *1.60 or $2 60 does not go to
the recorder direct but into the
county treasury from which his
stipulated salary is paid. Support
ers of the change In the method of
paying the solicitor declare that
there are times when the fees
taken directly from the work of the
recorder will not pay his salary.
For this reason they contend that
the fees of the solicitor as well as
those of the recorder should go
into the county treasury and that
both officials be paid therefrom,
the larger fees of the solicitor aid
ing In paying the recorder's salary
of 12.000 after taking care of the
When the bill wras passed plac
ing all county officers here on a
straight salary instead of fees the
county solicitor, it is said, was
named along with the other offi
cers. but due to the fact that the
office of recorder’s solicitor was not
created until a few weeks later
there was some question os to which
was the proper legal procedure: to
follow the law, made before the of
fice was created, which placed all
county officers on a fixed salary, or
to pay the solicitor by fees. Ths®
latter method was followed until
the present bill was forwarded to
Raleigh for passage, which would
place the solicitor on a salary basis
along with other officers. In the
bill It is stated that the change, if
it becomes a law, will not take ef
fect until the next term so that
those who seek the office will know
exactly what It pays, and so that it
would not change the pay of the
present solicitor, who sought the
office with the knowledge that the
fee system was used.
Around the court house it is
hinted that the political hand may
be seen on both sides of the de
bate "lining things up" for the next
High Cagers Battle
Belmont Five There
Lose Again To Henrietta Quint.
Forest City Here On
Tuesday night of tills week the
Shelby High basketball team jour
neys to Belmont Abbey for a re
turn game with the prep school
quint. On Friday night the flashy
Forest City five, which eliminated
Shelby from the race last year, will
face the locals in the “tin can’
Playing here last Friday night the
Highs dropped a close game to Hen
, rietta-Caroleen by a r4-l2 score
The absence of Gold, AU-Southern
football player from the line-up
handicapped the High quint, but
inability to find the basket with
their shots was the main reason
for the defeat of the Morris-Falls
proteges. So far this year the
Shelby forwards seem unable to get
their eyes on the baskets with the
consistency shown by the outfit last
jihrlbv'* Oldest Citizen And Man
Of Distinguished Ancestry—
Was A Legislator.
Major Frank Hull, perhaps Shel
by's oldest citizen and one of f the
most prominent men In Catawba
county many years ago when he
represented Catawba In the state
legls.atui e. died Saturday after
noon at Lineolnton at 4 o'clock In
the Lineolnton hospital where he
went Christmas day to be under the
care of hia son-in-law Dr. L. A.
Crowell. In Shelby he had been
making his home recently with his
son. Mr. Ouy Hull.
HU body was brought here for
burial Sunday in Sunset beside hto
wife who preceded him to the grave
32 years ago on their 43th wedding
Mr. Hull was i>orn tn Lincoln
county Octobfer 27, 1834 at Hull’s
Cfrjss Roads, a son of Major Hull
and Peggy Oross Hull. His grand
father Benjamin Hull who died In
1832 was a Revolutlonay war vet
eran and held the position as
"body guard” to George Washing
ton. Deceased was married to Mary
Ann Grigg, a daughter of Colonel
P. T. Grigg on February 18, 1858
and this union was a most happy
one. the couple living together for
nearly a half century.
Member Of Legislature.
Mr. Hull entered the war be
tween the states, serving four years
in the 18th Infantry, Lane's Bri
gade/ A> P. Hill’s division. He was
a valiant soldier acquitting himself
heroically on every occasion wheth
er in peace or war. He was captured
by the enemy and held prisoner for
months. After his release he re
turned to his home, broken in
health, drooping in spirit, to take
■up the broken threads of life to
start over again. Back home he
found his two freed negro slaves
waiting for him and ready to help
him in whatever he undertook. He
worked, taught school, studied, ad
vised and with heart, head and
hand, did all within his power to
help rebuild the land which he had
given four rears of his best life to
help save. Not only did he teach
school, but held many offices in
county and state affairs, for he was
a leader in the Democratic party,
enacting many reforms while a
legislator from Catawba. He held
the office of civil judge in his
township until he came to Shelby
Father Of Eleven.
Mr. Hull was the father of eleven
children, one dying in infancy and'
two daughters, Mrs. Frank Hoyle
and Miss Rimma Hull died after
reaching ycung womanhood. Dr.
Plato Hull died at the age of 24
and Mr. Colin Hull died at the age
Surviving are Miss Lilia Hull, Mr.
Luico M. Hull, Mr. J. Heywood
Hull. Mr. Ouy Hull. Mrs. John M.
Black of Shelby; Mrs. L .A. Crow*
ell. of Lincolriton; also 14 grand*
chtldren and 12 great grandchil
dren, two great,, great grandchil
Funeral Here Sunday.
The funeral services were con
ducted Sunday afternoon at 3
o'clock from Central Methodist
church by Dr. Zeno Wall, Dr. Hugh
K. Boyef and Rev. H. N McDlar
mld. A large crowd was present
and a beautiful floral display gave
testimony to the high esteem in
which he was held. His grand
daughters acted as [lower girls,
while his grandsons served as pall
bearers and members of the Da ugh
ters of the Confederacy served as a
His body was laid to rest in Sun-.
set cemetery besides his wife.
HOW Cl CRTS
BE USED IF CANO
That Problem Moat Talked Of M
Proposal To Abolish Chain
■ .. . v : v * i
What will the court* of Clev«£
land county do with prisoner* eon
vlcted and given road sentences 1
the No. 6 chain gang camp u
That query was debated here ovc
the week-end after fteprescntativ
O. M. Mull urged that commission
ers abolish the gang camp in vie'
of the fact that the state will like
ty maintain county roads, or * pa
of them, through the proposed gas
ollne tax Increase.
View Of Sheriff.
"What the county will 'do wit’
the prisoners with the gang .cam
gone is the only thing about tb
proposed new bills hi Ieglslatur
that I have commented upon
Sheriff Hugh Logan said. "It is a!
ready a problem to handle the cor.
victed prisoners, those sentenced t
the roads. All that can be handle
are being handled now by the N
6 gang outfit, and at the last cou
we had to make some other ai
rangements about four prttoce
given road sentences. We final
sent them to an adjoining count
but then we had to deliver .the
right to the camp and this eoun
does not get a thing out of the;
the other county getting their let
for taking them off our hands. Wi
no gang camp at all here to wc
the men, what la to be done?"
Mayor Dorsey learning of t!
proposal to abolish the No. 0 ge:
camp stated that he proposed to n
city prisoners In keeping up thoci
streets. By the present plan, whb
county prisoners tb ttTWt 0 gw
officials of No. 0 in turn aidb
with' the jang In maintaining tl
city streets. Likewise he spoke c
using -prisoners arrested by city ol
fleers and convicted in operatir
the rock quarry.
At present the average numbe
of convicts on the No. 0 gang i
about 40. It is said, and It beta
hard to plate four estra prisoner
there is much debate as to bow tb
entire bunch will be'-wpANtt tmlet
worked as a city chain gang or b
the state forces maintaining th
The discussion, pro and ooo, ha
been carried on about the cOW
house, but insofar asvtMa -btW
learned no local cltixens have taker
up the matter with Representative
Mull since he announced that h<
had the bill on hands and woult
Introduce it unless opposition show
ed reason to the contrary.
TWENTY SIX ENIB
New InatltuUen Moves Off With
Splendid Enrollment. Well
The Carolina Business college
which opened a few days ago in the
Woolworth building now has an
enrollment of twenty-six pupils,
some studying during the day and
others during the evening*- Prof
and Mrs. J. Gordon Wootton who
recently moved to Sfcalby from
Jersey City. N. J. constitute the
faculty and they are pleased with
Shelby and their prospects hare.
The business college which offer:
a wide range of studies has office
in the Woolworth building owned
by the Linebergers where five con
nectlng rooms are used. Bach room
Is used as a department and com
fortable desks and chairs have been
put in for the students. In the type
writing room there are a down ma
chines. while in the office Prof
Wootton is building up a badness
and law library which he-is moving
here from his former homo In:
The following pupils have enroll
ed for courses of study:
Mary Ford Elam, Attie May Esk
ridge, Faye Olascoe, Willie Boyle.
Elizabeth Jackson. Lottie M. Latti
more Mary Lucas. Madge McCoy.
Eunice Westbrook. Thelma Wilson,
Henrietta Young, Ray Allen Has
wood Creekmore, Bush Eskridge.
Twitty Gieen, Jap Ledbetter.
Lloyd Mauney. Ray Mull, E. L.
Overstreet, Hubert Panther. Carl
Sperling, George Sperling, Hs
Sweezy, Frank Warlick, Harlan
Wilson, Reid M. Young.