MONDAY. JAN. 28, 1929. Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons Ry mail, per year (in advance) I2.W
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Cotton, Shelby _ _19tic
Cotton Seed, per bu._675ic
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight and probably
Tuesday. Colder tonight and con
tinued eohl Tuesday.
Governor Max Gardner is today |
making a plea to the eitizens of
North Carolina to urge their rep
resentatives in legislature to give
their support to the Australian
ballot. The move on the part of the
governor sbows.that his heart is set
on winning his fight, in which he
is supported by the women voters,
for better election laws in North
Tells Of King
Writes Solicitor But Does Not Sign
Name. Charges Two Casar
An unsigned letter coming to Sol-;
lcitor P. Cleveland Gardner last
week named two men which the
letter charged with being the
King Bootleggers of Casar,1' but
since the letter was not signed the
solicitor states that he will be un
able to take action until some wit
nesses or persons having definite
information come before him in
The letter, which came from
Csiar, was written on .the day of
the court of inquiry here when the
court asked citizens who would to
come in and give information of
prohibition law violation.
"The people who come in and
give us such information, informa
tion sufficient to act upon, are not
made known to the public, but we
have to know pretty well what we
are about when we take definite
action,” Solicitor Gardner said.
Save Casar Boys.
The letter, with the names de
"Mr. P. C. Gardner,
"Shelby, N. C. £
"If you will — and his son
-arrested^and have the follow
ing witnesses summoned you will
sure get liquor cases against them—
they are giving lots of trouble. Be
sure and have -them before you and
save the boys of Casar.
(Here list of 14 witnesses were
“If you will try him 3nd his son
with all those witnesses you will
sure save a lot of trouble.
“I would sign my name but am a
woman and don’t want to be
* known. They are the King Boot
leggers of Casar.’ ”
Halifax County Second In State
With 41,256 Bales. Johnston
In Third Place.
Cleveland county leads the next
highest cotton producing county in
the state, according to ginnings to
January 16, by over 10,000 bales
' thus assuring that the county will
lead the state with the final re
Only three of the eight leading
:ounties and their ginnings to Jan
uary 16 this year than last.
Counties neighboring Cleveland
also Increased their production this
to the report.
Paul Wellman, one of the best
known of the retail grocers of Shel
► by and Cleveland county, made an
assignment for the benefit of his
creditors on Saturday.
A formal statement to this effect
was made today by his attorneys,
Newton and Newton.
Charles Hoey has been appointed
According to an informal state
ment bearing upon Mr. Wellmon’s
affairs, his assets consist of a stock
* of goods worth in the neighborhood
of three thousand dollars, subject
to an indebtedness of roughly dou
ble that am omit.
Friends Shocked Over Her I'n
tlmeiy Passing. C hurch And
City Officials Pall Bearers.
Shelby was shocked Saturday !
morning to learn of the sudden
death of Mrs. Bessie Hord Ledford,
wife of Alderman J. Farris Ledford
who succumbed to a cerebral hem
orrhage attack at her home on N
DeKalb street. Mrs. Ledford arose
early and went to the bath room j
about 4:30 o'clock when the attack :
seized her. She was conscious about!
45 minutes before the end came
Her husband summoned aid as !
quickly as possible, but had a feel
ing that the end was hear as she
had been suffering for some time
with high blood pressure, and had
been under medical care.
Despite the cold, rainy weather,
a great crowd of people attended
the funeral held Sunday afternoon
at 3 o’clock at the home. The .fam
ily is not only .widely popular in
town and county, but extensively
related and the throng of people ,
and wealth of flowers attested the j
esteem in which Mrs. Ledford was j
held. She was an energetic, hard >
working woman with a pride in i
home and family, a faithful Christ
ian, kind neighbor and loving, pa
tient mother and wife. Before mar
riage she was Bessie Hord and was
born October 4, 1879, being 50 years,
three months and 22 days old at
the time of her passing.
Early in life she joined Elizabeth
Baptist church remaining a loyal
member there until after her mar
riage to J. F. Ledford when she
moved her membership to the First
Baptist church of Shelby. In this
church she and her husband were
active, and city officials and dea
cons of the church served as pall
bearers at the funeral, the service
of which were conducted by her
pastor, Dr. Zeno Wall, assisted by
Rev. H. N. McDiarmid. Interment
was in the family plot at Sunset
“She was married October 17. 1907
and to this union eight children
were bom, one dying at birth. The
f-"owing survive: Flay, Louise,
I 'y Grace, Helen, Samuel, A. B.
and Sara Bess, the last two nam
ed being twins.
Also surviving beside her husband
and children are one brother, D.
Fletcher Hord, of Kings Mountain;
and four sisters, Mrs. Stough Mil
ler, of Waco; Mrs. Tom Roberts, of
Weirsdale, Fla.; Mrs. Clarence
Bumgardner of Erwin, Tenn., and
Mrs. A. Frank Weir, of Gastonia.
On For 1 »iis Week
Fast Durham Bunch Big Highlight.
Kings Mountain On
The Shelby high cage quint,
which doesn't seem to have hit its
stride so tar this season, is in for
its biggest and perhaps hardest week
of the season this week.
Tuesday night the Lincolnton five
plays in the "tin can” here, while
on Wednesday night one of the best
known high school teams in the
South, the Durham highs, will play
here. The Durham quint has won
several state titles and has been
entered in national play. The game
with the Durham outfit has attract
ed much interest and the visiting
players will spend the night here as
they are on a week's trip.
On Friday night two old rivals
get together in the “tin- can” when
Kings Mountain comes here for a
Tuesday night the fans who go
to the “tin can- for the first game
of the week will get to witness a
double-header, the Shelby girls
team playing the Lincolnton girls
at 7 o'clock after which the Shelby
high boys take on the Lincolnton
quint. Both games promise to be
close i.nd interesting.
Forest City Five
Defeats High Cagers
The Forest City highs routed
Shelby Friday night 28 to 15. The
score at the half was 20 to 5. Shel
by started a comeback drive in the
third quarter, but it fell short, Gold,
Bridges and Dorsey starred.
Shelby fans, including Coach
Casey Morris, who was at Caro
lina when Cart Carmichael, great
est' of all Nortli Carolina cagers
played there, declared Dorsey, the
Forest City flash to be one of the
cleverest high school court players
Hero of the Florida Rescue
One look at Chief Officer Harry Manning of the S. S. America
is sufficient to reveal his character. In radio messages from
Captain George Fried, it was stated that Manning was out
standing hero of the rescue of 32 men from the si/iking freighter
I lorida. Ihe photo shows him in naval uniform 'a v r c
Uumiu^uouttl ... W T r V k
Mrs. King, Former
Teacher Here, Is
Found Dead In S. C.
Bcdy Found In Outbuilding, Suicide Indicat
ed. Husband, Native Of Shelby, Sick At
l ime. Bottle Thought To Have Contained
Poison Found Near Body.
Mrs. Rafe King, a former Shelby
school teacher and Kings Mountain
girl, was found dead in an out
building near her dwelling at Sha
ron. S. C. Friday evening under
circumstances indicating that she
had taken poison. A small unlabel
led vial supposed to have contained
a deaaly poison was found near her j
side when she was found six hours
after she gave a doze of medicine
to her sick husband, recuperating
from an attack of influenza.
Mrs. King was well-known In
Shelby where she married a young
Shelby man and taught in the
public schools here for a year. Ee
fore marriage she was Miss Fay
Wilson of Kings Mountain. About a
year ago Mr. King bought..a farm
from his wife’s mother near Sha
ron, but the couple lived in the
town where she was substitute
teacher in French in the city
Mrs. King was found lying on her
back with' her mouth and throat
severely burned from medicine
that physicians thought- Avas acid.
with an empty unlabeled bottle ly
ing close by.
Clutches Her Throat.
Her hair was clotted with blood
from .a gash on her forehead and
there were scratches on her throat.
It is thought by those investigating
the case that the laceration on the
head was caused by the fall and
that she may have inflicted the
scratches on her throat by grab
bing it in her agony after taking
the burning acid. A hatchet was on
the floor close by, but no import
ance was attached to this fact.
Ilad Made Threats.
Aside from the physical findings,
the suicide theory is given support
by the statement of her husband,
who is alleged to have told oiiicers
that she had often threatened to
Mr. King was the last person to
see her alive. He was confined to
bed by illness and says she gave
him a double dose of sedative at 10
o’clock and told him to go to sleep.
He awoke at 2 o'clock and when she
(Continued On Page Six'*
Thinks Schools Are Unit Of
City And Should Run As Such
Believes Schools Should Be Gov
* erncd By City Hall ,»ust /Is
“The city schools in my opinion,'
states Mr. J. D. Lineb rger, local
busings man, “are just a unit of
the nty government just as are the
water ^and light departments, and
shouWhe operated as such.”
“A business corporation,” he con
tinued, “does not divide up its
units with another board wh n the
funds from all departments or units
go through the same treasury, so
why should our schools be operated
separately from the city alt otigh
the city collects the taxer, pays the
bonds, etc? The school work should
be centralized along with the other
More Money For Mayor.
With a mayor serving full time
and a full time clnrk Mr. Lineb-rgcr
J declared that he could not see why
the city government should not
supervise the schools. Two or three
members of the regular municipal
board, as he saw it, could be in
charge of the school department.
The operation of the city schools,
or the taking over of the school
board duties by a city administra
tion, might deman another employe
or so about the City Hall but since
that is the proper location for any
unit of the city government it
would be both economical and more
businesslike, he thinks.
"A full time mayor could give
some time to general supervision
of the school department just as
he does other departments, and, of
course, would deserve more salary.
In my opinion the mayor’s salary
is too small now for a capable bust
ness man to hardly afford to give
his full time to the work. I be
lieve it should be made at least an
adequate salary,” he declared.
Stage A Big
More Than Thirty Arrest* In C ity
Anil Serfon Over Week-End.
Shelby police officers and county
cputies staged a little week-end
drive of their own with the result
that, more than 30 cases are booked !
for court trial today or in the near
The defendants face charges
ranging from trotting out the gal
loping African dominoes to guzzling
selling, and transporting whiskey,
but. the biggest haul centered about
20 colored youths who were rolllnt, j
'em out hoping for “naturals" in
stead of “snake-eyes" or "box cars." |
Down On Wilsoia street, In front j
of the Union colored hall. Shelby
blueooats surrounded a crap game
in the wee hours Sunday morning
and before the sleepy sentinels
could give the alarm the officers
swept in nnd arrested 18 of the 20
for playing hand golf with the
speckled cubes of chance or for hav- j
Ing imbided of Joy fluid.
Gold Pieces Up.
About 15 of those rounded up by
the officers were Jailed while others
gave bond and today the cops were
loaded down with bonds In the form
of watches nnd chains, Christmas
geld pieces. Jewelry and other ar
Officials term it the biggest week
end round up ever staged here other
than during Christmas week and
j Court Fees And Funds For Minors
; On Hand Which Clerks Want*
• To Pay Out.
Clerk of the Court A. M. Ham
rick has approximately $1,850 on
hand which belongs to others and
which he wishes to pay out to the
proper claimants. These fees are the
accumulation of several years, dat
ing back into the administration
of Geo. P. Webb. Year by year
these various fees have been ac
cumulating in the office. Now he
wishes to wipe the slate clean and
start over again.
As is required by law he Is pub
lishing the names of those who
have funds due them, together with
the amount. Look through the list
if you have had any transactions
with the clerk's office within the
past few years and if you find your
name written there, you will find
the money waiting for you at the
court house, unless, however, you
have drawn the same since the
first Monday in December, up to
which date the statement covers.
The statement in today's Star
requires about 18 columns of the
paper, so look through it all if you
have had any dealings with the
clerk's office and have not been
paid. Mr. Hamrick would like to
pay all of it out, if the owners can
Unless the money is called for
after two publications, it is turned
into the county treasurer's office.
Wife Of Mr. Bud Neal Of Patter
son Springs Community
Passes At Age 67.
Mrs. Victoria Martin Neal, wife
of Mr. R. J. iBud) Neal was buried
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at
the Sulphur Springs Methodist
church, the funeral services being
conducted by her pastor, Rev. R. L.
Forbis. Mrs. Neal died at her home
Friday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock
following a protracted illness with
influenza and complications.
Mrs. Neal was 67 years of age.
Before marsiage she was Miss Vic
toria Martin and at an early age
joined the Methodist church. She
was a most faithful church member,
a consecrated Christian, devoted
wife, mother and neighbor who was
greatly beloved in the community.
Mrs. Neal Is survived by her hus
band and the following children:
Mrs. John Biggers, Mrs. M. G.
Latham, Messrs. J. J. Neal, Hugh
Neal, A. L. Neal.
In spite of the rainy, cold weath
er, a large crowd gathered at the
funeral to pay a tribute of respect
to her memory.
MORRISON GiVES I
\ COLO SHOULDER !
Hofnsp* To Shako Hands Dur To
Campaign Talk. For <Jard
Raleigh.-Public refusal to ac
cept the proffered hand of Com
missioner of Iaibor nnd Printing,
Frank D. Grist, a strong declara
tion In behalf of the Australian bal
lot bill, nnd luncheon with Governor
O. Max Gardner featured a brief
visit here Friday by former Gov
ernor Cameron Morrison, who ran
o\ er to the capital from Plnehtirstj
nnd will leave shortly for Florida j
with Mrs Morrison for a vacation
The sojourn of the formrr gov- !
ernor bristled with coincidence, one j
being that while he was In the Cap-1
ltol, the senate was passing an art ‘
to repeal the 11)27 act which look 1
away from the governor the power '
lo make temporary appointments
In the event of a vacancy m the !
United States senate.
Mr. Morrison Is nil avowed can
didate tor the senate in the event, of
a vacancy and the unsuccessful
fight, agnlnst the repealer was led by
the senator from his home county,
How'ever. he is said not to have in
jected himself Into the situation by
any personal pleas to legislators
The Grist rebuff, satd to have
been occasioned by an Interview
during the campaign last fall in
which Mr Grist declared objected
strongly to Mr. Morrison's attacks
upon Senator F. M. Simmons and
declared would endanger the state
ticket, also had Its coincidence.
When Mr. Grist entered the gov
ernor's outer office, the former gov
ernor was talking with W T. Bost,
a newspaper correspondent who had
been ordered out of that same office I
by Mr. Morrison, and who had re
mained In exile for more than a
year of the Morrison administra
The Grist incident occurred In the
same place as had the earlier inci
dent with Mr, Bost, but passed off
I much more quietly.
“Howdy. Governor,-’ said Mr. Grist
as h£ came in the door.
“Howdy,” responded the former
Still advancing Mr. Grist held out
"I don't, believe I want to shake
hands with'you.” declared Mr Mor
rison after regarding the out
stretched hand for a moment.
Mr. Morrison then turned his
That for all versions coincide.
“Then you can go to Hell,” Mr.
Grist, who was highly Indignant
(Continued on page six.)
Have Play Thursday
High School Class Here To Pre
sent “Patsy.” Modern Hu
“The Patsy.” a very modern, very
witty and comic plHy, will be pre
sented at the Central high school
auditorium here Thursday night
at 8 o'clock by the Production class
of the Shelby high school trained
by Misses Ora Upshaw and Rosa
The story ol the play is based
upon scandalous and entertaining
home life in oije family where a
worldly mother and a spoiled
daughter are arrayed against a
hen-pecked husband and an abused
younger^ daughter. Mary Reeves
Foiriey plays the part of the moth
er, Nina LeGrand is the spoiled
j daughter. Ciiailts Alexander the
husband, and Marietta Hoyle the
younger daughter. Alfred Eskridge,
Charles Switzer. Virginia Jenkins,
Matt O'Shieldsv and W. O. Mc
Brayer are also in the cast in im
Two Merchants Here
According to an announcement
made today, George Alexander,
jeweler, and E. E. Scott, head of
the Penney company, will join the
host of home owners of Shelby.
Both heretofore have been rent
ers. Mr. Alexander lives in the
Weathers apartment, and Mr. Scott
in the Columbus Beam house on
East Warreh street.
Details have been completed
whereby the Alexanders have bought
the Beam home In which the Scotts
live, and Mr. Scott is arranging to
The site of the Scott home will
be on East Marion street, on the
lot adjoining the R. M. Gidney
home. He told the Star today that
he plans to erect a modern type
Spanish six rcom bungalow, con
struction on which will be begun
Mull Has New Bill
On Stills; $5 For
All Prohi Arrests
DOm BOOSTED !
US SECRETARY OF i
IM. STATE FAIR
Shelby Man And Secretary Of
Cleveland Fair Supported
Or. J 8. Horton, secretary of
the Cleveland County fair, stands a
Rood eltanee of being the next
manager of the North Carolina
State Fair In Raleigh, according to
Shelby people who were in Raleigh
However, this chance It seems
hinges about two things: First, the
fact that he is from the home town
of Governor Gardner will be a
handicap to him, and, second, he
may not rare tor the position, not
having made any definite statement
During last week Hr. Horton him
self attended a meeting of fair sec
retaries in Raleigh at which time
the secretaries worked out dates for
nil the fairs In the state, and gen
eral sentiment, according to the
Raleigh papers, among the various
fair officials of the state was that
the Cleveland county secretary was
(Continued on page six.)
Officers Get Booze
Gars Here Saturday
City police officers Saturday
niRht captured two alleged rum run
ning cars in or near Shelby.
One capture was that of Dewey
Paris and his brother in an alley
between North Morgan and North
I.aFayette streets, the two men be
ing in a Buick touring said to have
contained 10 one-half gallon jars
of whiskey and one pint— a total of
five gallons and one pint. They were
pin cod under a $300 bond each and
will be tried this week. Police Chief
Richards and Policeman Ed Dixon
made the capture.
The other capture was that of
Coy Morrison by Chief Richards
and Policeman McBride Poston, as
sisted by Paliceman Dixon. Morri
son, the officers say, was chased
about several streets here and to
Kings Mountain, the charge being
that lie threw some liquor from the
car and that some was captured.
Trial is set for Friday In the coun
Local Dry Cleaner
Hits One Wet Town
Five Thousand Taxi Drivers And
Ten Thousand Bootleggers
“If you want to know how suc
cessful the Volstead act is, go to
Kny West," said Louis Hamrick to
day, following a visit with Mis.
Hamrick to Florida and Cuba.
"There are fifteen thousand peo
ple in Key West.” he said; “five
thousand taxi drivers, and ten
thousand bootleggers. The town is
The eouple made a tour of Flor
ida. driving ninety miles over a new
highway out on the keys. They
made the rim from Jacksonville to
Shelby in one day.
Makes Two Bales Of
502 Pounds Per Acre
J. C. Gantt of Route 2, Moores
| boro wasn’t trying for a prize last
spring when he planted his cotton,
but he was determined to get the
best production he could for pure
farming sake. On four and a quar
ter acres of land, he gathered 4,137
pounds of lint cotton or two bales
of 502 pounds on each acre.
Not only was this particular patch
good, but on fourteen acres Mr.
Gantt gathered 10,527 pounds of lint
New Manager Here
For The Cinderella
Mr. Charles Fine, of Charlotte,
arrived in Shelby thts morning to
take charde as manager of the lo
cal Cinderella store. He succeeds
Mr. Ray Glover, who has been trans
ferred to the Gastonia store. Mr.
Fine is a merchant of extended ex
perience, having come to Shelby
from one of the leading stores of
the Mecklenburg capital.
rtrli<*\c-«t Kvlra Itrward For Officer
Will Help Stop Liquor
Representative Ociim M. Mull;
bill In legislature to Uave Cleveland
county officers get the distiller
along with the distillery before rc
erlvlng their $20,00 capture reward
has been changed in a new bill,
which proposes to introduce In leg
islature if not opposed in the"
The proposed bill cuts the cap
ture reward of a distillery down tr
HO from $20 heretofore paid, but i'
also outlines a $20 reward to In
given when the operator Is also ar
rested and convicted.
A third section of the propose;
b!l| would give officers of the
county an additional $S fee tor ar
rests In all cases of prohibition lav.
violation, this being in addition to
t lie fees In other sections of the
bills. In cases where the defendant
goes to the roads and the count;
must take euro of the cost* it Is ex
plained that, only $3.50, half of Ur
fee, is to be paid.
Mr. Mull’s explanation Of the ad
follows along with the proper
'Enclosed you will find copy o;
bill designed to produce more effi
cient enforcement of our prohibi
tion laws. The first section places a
reward of $10 to the Officer captur
ing a distillery. The present law
fixes this reward at $20. There lifts
been some complaint to the effec'
that too many distilleries were be
ing captured in comparison to the
number of distillers who were ap
prehended. X am, therefore, cuttin
down this reward by half.
“The compensation tor this toss
which the officers will thus sustaii
is in fixing a reward of $20 for the
apprehension and conviction of the
distiller. In my opinion this placet
the reward where it should be and
yet according to the past record the
$10 we are saving on each still
captured will more than pay the
$20 reward now fixed for the cap
ture of the distiller, as we have
heretofore captured more outfits
'Section three of the bill pro
vides a fee of $5 for the arrest in all
cases for the violation Of the pro
hibition laws. This fee is to be add
ed to the costs in the case and paid
by the criminal. In such cases as
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Three Or Four Hundred Collected
In Section About Baptist
(Special to The Star.)
Boiling Springs. Jan. 28.—The
Boiling Springs college library drive
for books needed to class tpe school
library In the junior college rank
ing is meeting with good results due
In part to the support of The Cleve
land Star in the campaign. /
Around five or six hundred books
have been collected or sent tn
through’Star publicity, while some
thing like 200 bodes were left* at
the school by donors who did not
leave their names, it Is said.
A collection made by Felix Ham
rick about Boiling Springs brought
in 125 books, given by the follow
Mr. O. P. Hamrick 21, Rev. J. L.
Jenkins 5, Mr. T. C. Hamrick 15.
Miss OUle Moore 7, Miss Kate
Moore 6, Miss J. M. McBrayer 30.
Miss Mary Sue Holland 5, Mr. A.
O. Melton 12, Mr. E. B. Hamrick
8, Mrs. J. D. Huggins 9, Mrs. C. 1.
Putnam 1, Mr. C. M. Hamrick 1
Miss J. M. Henderson 3 and O. M.
Go To New Orleans
For Meeting There
Messrs. Roy McBrayer and Nor
man Lee left today for New Or
leans to attend the convention of
the Pan-American insurance conf
panv They were accompanied by
Dr. L. V. Bee and Mr. Yates Mc
Brayer due tp the fact that both
agents qualified double during the
year In Insurance sales thus getting
the trip for themselves and two
others. Dr. D. F. Moore also made