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VOL. XXXV. No. 15 THE CLEVELAND STAR
SHELBY. N. a MONDAY, FEB. 4. 1929
Published Monday, Wednesday. and Friday Afternoons
By mall, per year (In advance) |2J0
Carrier, per year On advance) <3 00
LATE NEWS
The Markets.
Cotton Shelby^. _ 19V*c
Cotton Seed, bu._Wat
Snow Or Rain.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Cloudy followed by light
rain and snow in west portion late
tonight or Tuesday. Not much
change in temperature.
Secret Ballot Sure.
Raleigh dispatches today stated j
that the Australian ballot for North
Carolina, advocated and fought for
by Governor Gardner, would like
ly be passed by the legislature
when the bill, which created much
controversy and a big political
fight, comes up Tuesday.
Vacancies In
Senate Filled
By 0. Max Now
Legislators Restore Appointive
Power To Governor. With
drawn 2 Years Back.
Kaleigh.—The governor of North
Carolina hereafter will, by appoint
ment, fill vacancies in the United
States senate, under a bill passed
by the house of representatives of
the state legislature last week. The
power to fill vacancies was vested in
the governor. The act in the present
state laws requires such vacancies
to be filled by special election.
The measure, sponsored by Sen
ator W. M. Person, of Franklin, al
ready has been passed by the sen
ate. It will become a law when en
grossed and signed by the speaker
of the ho.jse and president of the
senate.
The governor of North Carolina
has no veto power.
By vote of 77 to 33 the house
passed the bill requiring candi
dates hi the state primary to pledge
support to the nominees. Only one
Democrat, Representative Boren, of
Guilford, voted against the bill,
itepresentative Hamlin, of Tran
sylvania, floor leader of the house,
followed Boren with a speech
against the bill. He said he believ
ed in party government but that
party nominees as well as voters
have a higher duty to state and na
tion that snould let them support
whom they pleased.
Forest City
Woman Killed
Train Of Conductor W. B. Demp
sey, Of Shelby, Severs Head
^ Of Woman.
Rutherfordton, Feb. 2.—Mrs. Ada
Dean, 43, met instant death at For
est City today when she was cross
ing the track of the Southern rail
* read and was struck by the cab of
a freight train which knocked her
down.
The cab passed over her body.
Her head struck the rail and was
severed from her body. It was
freight train No. 68 with W. B.
Dempsey, conductor, and was en
route from Blacksburg, S. C. to
Marian.
The line of cars was standing on
the track. The engine had been
shifting and came in to couple up
with the cars. When the engine
struck the cars, the cab rebounded
several feet.
Mrs. Dean happened to be be
hind the cab when the engine
struck them.
Mr. Dempsey conductor of the
train is a Shelby man.
MR. ESLEY CABANISS IS
SERIOUSLY ILL TODAY
Mr. Esley Cabaniss, a most sub
stantial farmer of the Zion commun
ity is reported to be seriously ill at
Ms home in the Cabaniss commun
1 ity this morning. Mr. Cabaniss was
taken ill Saturday from a trouble
with which he has been complaining
for some time.
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Gee! Hew They
“Carry On” In
Washington—
V'ouidn't you like to know
the real “low-down” on the j
hi? folk* up in Washington— j
Coolidge, Hoover, Mellon, and
the others? I
If so, turn to an inside page
today and let Gee McGee,
the South Carolina humorist,
tell it to you—and how!
If there isn’t a chuckle in
every paragraph of Gee’s
writing, then there isn’t a
single boll weevil in the
8outh Carolina cotton fields.
Try it and see—faw down—
go bcom!
Beginning today Gee Mc
Gee’s column, “Nobody’s
Business,” will be published
in The Star every other day.
Read it and forget what you
were worr-*ng about.
Faw dawn—go boom!
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Poultry Salts
Good Hzre For
Start Of Year
Third Carload Shipped I-ast Week.
Hardin Sees Big Year
Ahead.
Poultry prospects for 1929 in
Cleveland county seem very bright |
as Alvin Hardin , county farm j
agent, looks at it.
With only one month of the year
gone three cars of poultry have al
ready been loaded in Shelby and
the prospects and prices for future ;
rales look good.
$1.1,000 In Sales.
So far tnis year the county agent
estimates that farmers of this coun- ;
ty have received between $15,000
and $20,000 for the poultry they
sold in carload shipments not to
mention other small sales. Twenty- i
two thousand pounds was loaded on '
one car, 18,000 on another car, and ;
17,000 pounds on the third car, all i
of which brought in $13,000 !fcash ‘
to the farmers. This total is in
creased by the fact that many
farmers living in the eastern sec
tion of the county load their poul
try at Cherryvine instead of Shel
by, while farmers in the extreme!
west load their poultry at Ellen
boro. Totalling the money receiv
ed by the farmers at Ellenboro and
Cherryville together with the three
cars loaded here the county agent
believes that farmers of the county
received about $20,000 for their
poultry in January.
Last year poultry sales in the
county ran around $60,000 and the
$20,000 sales so far indicate an even
better year this year.
Prices Hold Up.
"At prices prevailing now, and
they promise to hold up, the farm
ers of the county say that they can
see a profit in their poultry for
the year,” said the county agent.
“Hens are now bringing from 24
to 25 cents and there was quite a
bit of profit in the car of 18,000
pounds we loaded here last Wednes
day.”
“The chicks hatched this year
are living fine and the hatcheries
are making capacity runs and for
those reasons with good prices I
believe farmers of the county are
going to realize fr neat sum from
their poultry this year. And, too,
the farmers are showing more and
more interest in poultry.”
Rotaryanns Guests
At Rotary Program
Dr. Frazier, Of Charlotte, Guest
Speaker For Ladies Night
Of Shelby Club,
The Rotaryanns of Shelby were
the guests of their husbands Friday
night at an entertaining “Ladies
Night” program in the Masonic
temple, the program being in
charge of Rotarian Durham Moore
with the Woman's club serving the
meal.
Dr. Frazier, president of Queens
college, Charlotte, was the princi
pal speaker, illustrating the worth
lessness of a non-worker in a serv
ice club by the activity of the bees
who slaugnter their drones when
they refuse to remain active. As
usual Dr. Frazier's renowned wit
sparkled throughout his talk, the
humorous portions bringing in the
negro dialect of which the college
president is an expert propounder.
Other entertainers on the pro
gram included the Misses Coleman,
of the high school faculty, in in
strumental and vocal selections,
and Miss Brown, also of the high
school faculty, with readings. Spe
cial prizes were presented several
of the Rotaryanns present while
each Rotaryann was presented with
a gift box of candy.
Shelby Band At Piedmont.
W. T. Sinclair, director of the
Shelby high school band will take
his musicians to Piedmont Friday
night for a concert. Proceeds for
the benefit or Piedmont athletic
association.
Tough Weather
Sure, Groundhog
Would Have It
And it won’t be Springtime
until along about the middle
of March.
A prophecy something like
that was what the groundhog
I -*ft here Saturday when he
c ame from his hole and cost
1 is eyes about in the warm
sunlight until he saw his
shadow.
To those who folow the
groundhog legend—and there
are many such—it will be six
more weeks before the winter
or had weather season Is at
end, for without doubt Sir
Groundhog saw his shadow
Saturday.
Mrs. McBrayer
Buried Sunday
Funeral Here At Home Of Daugh
ter—Died At Forest City At
Age Of Seventy l'ears
A large crowd attended the fu
neral Sunday afternoon at two
o'clock of Mrs. Amanda Logan Mc
Brayer, widow of Robert B. Mc
Brayer, who died Friday night at
11:15 at the home of her daugh
ter at Forest City. Services were
conducted from the home of Mayor
and Mrs. W. N. Dorsey on N. La
Fayette street by Dr. Zeno Wall,
pastor of the First Baptist church
of Shelby of which she was a mem
ber. assisted by Rev. Mr. Moore,
Methodist minister of Forest City
who visited the sick bedside often
during her last illness.
Mrs. McBrayer was seventy years
of age June 2 of last year. She was
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R.
Logan and a member of one of the
most prominent and substantial
families in this section, her ances
tors fighting in the battle of Kings
Mountain. Practically all of her
life was spent in Cleveland county
and she was noted for her fine
motherly traits and her beautiful,
beaming countenance. Seventeen
years ago her beloved husband
died and her body was Interred be
side his In Sunset cemetery under
a mound of floral designs.
Five Daughters Survive.
She was the mother of eight
children, six daughters and two
sons. One daughter, Mrs. D. O.
Davis and the two sons, Logan Mc
Brayer of Shelby and Robert Mc
Brayer of St. Louis preceded her to
the grave. Surviving are the five
daughters, Mrs. W. N. Dorsey of
Shelby, Mrs. Wm. Lowery of Pat
terson Springs, Mrs. Grover King
of Forest City, Mrs. M. D. Honey
jcutt of Monroe, Mrs. H. A. Dozier
of Charlotte. Twenty-eight grand
children to whom she was tied with
true mother love, also survive.
Mrs. McBrayer is the last of the
J. R. Logan family although her
connection is wide and her friends
are legion.
A number of beautiful selections
were sung by Messrs. Tom Latti
moce, Mai Spangler, Horace Easom
and Rush Hamrick, while Mrs.
Nell Padgett Norris of Forest City
sang “Some Day We’ll Under
stand.”
Pall bearers were Messrs. C. S.
Young. Roy Sisk, John R. Dover,
H. Fields Young, Jesse Lowery and
J. L. Suttle.
One daughter, Mrs. Wm. Lowery
was unable to attend the funeral
services because of her serious ill
ness. Many (out-of-town friends
were here from Blacksburg, Spar
tanburg, Forest City, Grover and
elsewhere.
Fire Damages Roof
Of Cornwell Home
The roof of the residence of Mr.
Charlie Cornwell, on Grover street,
was considerably damaged by fire
early Saturday morning, the blaze
spreading quite a bit before the
fire trucks arrived.
Vet Going To Charlotte For
Reunion, Burned To Death
"'ktahoma Veteran, Driving Mule
Team, Started To Get To Re
union “In Time.”
Spartanburg, S. C., Peb.—A 90
'•ear-old Confederate veteran who
had left his home in Oklahoma
months ago to reach Charlotte, N
C., “in plenty time” for the reunion
next May, won't get there. He was
fatally burned near here last night
Traveling in a wagon pulled by
‘.wo mules, the aged man, R. A.
Golden, had pitched camp for the
night. He was sitting by his camp
fire when he doz"d off. He was
awakened to find his clothing in
| flames.
So badly burned was he that from
the first, hospital authorities here
had little hcpe of his recovery. He
died lrte today. Before he died, he
said his home was in Fort Sill.
Okla., and that he had a son liv
ing on State street in Atlanta. The
son, he said was employed in the
city waterworks.
'He also told how he never missed
a reunion of Confederate veterans.
Social welfare workers, who exam
ined his wagcn, found a tattered
Confederate flag and mementos of
the Memphis reunion. His uniform
which had a Georgia band around
'.t, wrs discovered carefull folded
away In the wagon.
Anti Smiths
Invited Into
G. 0. P. Ranks
Virginia Republicans And “Hoover
Democrats” May Unite Kol
lo winy A Conference.
Richmond —The political situa
tion In Virginia is today projected
on a clear cut basis with the an
nouncement of R. H. Angell, Re
publican state chairman, that his
party would entertain consolidation
with the so-called ‘‘Hoover-Demo
crats," of this state. At the same
time the announcement came from
Charles S. Smith, Hoover-Demo
crat leader of the Virginia Tide
water section that the faction he
represented would likewise enter
tain consolidation with the Repub
licans in the forthcoming state
campaign.
The issues arc expected to be
definitely threshed out at a con
ference of “Anti-Smith Democrats,”
to be held in Lynchburg, Va„ next
Tuesday. Until the announcements
the objectives of the conference at
Lynchburg have been somewhat
vague, the formal announcement
was that the meeting was called
for the purpose of "determining
what action of the Anti-Smith fac
tion shall take with respect to fu
ture activities.”
Would Oust Raskob. 9
A. J. Dunning, jr., chairman of
the second Virginia district dele
gation to the Lynchburg confer
ence said that an effort "would
probably be made at the confer
ence to demand the resignation of
Jotwi J. Raskob, Democratic nation
al chairman, and the repudiation
of Raskob’s leadership by Demo
cratic leaders in Virginia. This was
indicated in a telegram, Mr. Dun
ning said he had sent to Mr. Raskob
asking if he would resign the na
tional chairmanship as his “con
tribution to reconciliation and har
mony in the Democratic party In
the South; to Governor Harry Flood
Byrd of Virginia, asking if he, as
head of the party in Virginia,
would “countenance the continu
ance of the Democratic pattxjmder.
the Smlth-IJjwkob-Tammany poli
cies and leadership." Mr. Dunning
said he sent a third telegram to
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of
New York, inquiring if he “was re
sponsible for and subscribed to
statements reported to have been
made by you with reference to
Governor Smith having been cheat
ed out of the presidency by lg-,
norance, bigotry and religious fa-1
natlcs.”
Mr. Dunning explained that he
sent these telegrams on his own
initiative and that he could not
say what the action of the Lynch
burg conference would be, but that
in all probability there would be an
attempt to carry out what the tele
grams suggested.
Close on the heels of the an
nouncement from Mr. Dunning,
Charles S. Smith of Newport News,
arriving In Richmond gave out an
interview in which he declared that
the acknowledged Republican party
in Virginia is ready to offer the
Lynchburg conference candidates
and a platform “perfectly satisfac
tory” to the independent group.
Mr. Smith explained that he had
been in conference with Chairman
Angel of the state Republican
committee, at the suggestion of
Virginia Tidewater Republicans and
(Continued on page six.)
Benny Mack Kills
Man Over A Dog
Lightweight Bo nr Known In Shel
by, Having Fought Here,
Is Held.
Charlotte, Feb. 3.—Benny Mack,
lightweight t>oxer, who has fought
throughout North Carolina and
Virginia, shot and killed W. H.
Moore, landscape artist, here this
rfternoon. The killing is said to
have followed a dispute over a dog.
Mack made no effort to escape
after the shooting, telephoning
Chief of Police Alex West that he
had shot a man and would be right
town" as soon as he took his wife
home.
Detective immediately went to
the scene of the difficulty where
they found Moore dead. Then then
went to the home of Mack, reach
ing there before he arrived with
his wife. He was placed under ar
rest cn a charge of murder and was
in the city jail tonight.
Mack, according to Chief West,
said that he drew his pistol and fir
ed on Moore after the man had first
drawn his gun. Dillard Price, a
brother-in-law of Moore, who was
with him when he was shot, told
nolice the dead man had a gun but
hat it dropped from his pocket
i after he was shot and that he did
| not draw it, j
Neighborly Folks
About Beams Mill
Neighbors apparently are
neighbor* in every sense of
the word op In the Beam*
mill section north of Shelby.
Saturday night one week
ago the bam and four mules
of Mr. Josh Wright were
burned entailing a heavy loss
to him.
Mr. Wright operates a saw
ing outfit. and Tuesday
morning of last week his
neighbor*, many of them, be
gan felling trees and hauling
logs to him. Mr. Wright be
gan sawing. and other
neighbors began building
with the Umber as fast as it
was sawed. Before Mr. Wright
got altogther through with
sawing the logs brought lij
Wednesday evening late he
looked over near the spot
where the old barn was
burned and saw a new barn,
complete in every detail.
And so It was that the
nelghborllness of the farm
section—a spirit known In
cities and business circles as
'‘cooperation"—built a bam
in two days In lending a
helping hand to one struck by
misfortune.
Bury Mrs. Grigg
Here Tuesday
Widow or Late Millard A. Grin.
Furniture Dealer, Dies At
Home Of David Beam.
Mrs. Nancy Grigg, widow of Mil
lard A. Grigg, furniture dealer and
undertaker In Shelby for many
years, died about midnight last
night at the home of her only
brother David A. Beam In the Dou
ble Shoals community. Mrs. Grigg
had been in declining health for a
year or more and was a patient for
several weeks in the Shelby hos
pital last year. She made her home
on N. Morgan street wher? she
spent most of her time alone after
the dea-h of her husband.
The funeral will be held from the
Palmer funeral home Tuesday aft
ernoon at 3 o’clock, the services to
be conducted by Dr. Zeno Wall,
pastor of the First Baptist ohurch
of which she was a member. Mem
bers of Cleveland lodge No. 202
will accord her funeral honors as
her husband was one of the oldest
and most faithful members of the
Masonic lodge, the proceeds of
which are to be used as a fund for
widows and orphans. The estate
consists of a brick store room on
West Marion street, two houses
and lot on N. Morgan street and a
100 acre farm in the country. Mrs.
Grigg had the use of the propert y
during her life time and now upon
her death It goes to this Masonic
fund, there being no children born
to this couple.
Mrs. Grigg was Nancy Beam be
fore marriage. She was a fine
Christian character, thrifty, spright
ly and kindly affectionated to her
friends. She was a good Bible stu
dent, honest in her dealings and
sympathetic in her manner.
One brother, Mr. David A. Beam ■
survive. Another brother Rev. J. A. j
Beam of Person county and one
sister, Mrs. Jerome Cline preceded
her to the grave.
Masons To Bury.
Masonic members are asked to
meet at the temple one hour be-1
fore the funeral to go in the body j
to the funeral home and officiate j
at the services of Mrs. Grigg.
Grandmother And
Granddaughter Die
In Shiloh Section
Rutherfordton.—A grandmother
and her granddaughter died with
in 36 hours ast week in the Shi
loh section, about six miles south
of here.
Mrs. W. J^son Cole died Sunday
night of pneumonia after a week’s
illness. She was buried at Kistler's
Chapel Monday afternoon with
Revs. B. M. Hamrick (P. H. Fike,
D. J. Hunt, M. M. Huntley and T.
A. Jones in charge of the funeral
services. The deceased was 69 years
of age and leaves a husband, four
sons and three daughters.
Miss Avice Tate, daughter of C.
Landrum Tate and granddaughter
of Mrs. W. J. Cole, of the same
section, died Tuesday morning of
pneumonia, after three weeks' ill
ness and was buried Wednesday aft
ernoon at Kistler’s Chapel, by the
side of her grandmother. Miss Tate
was eighteen years of age and leaves
a father, fgur brothers and three
sisters, all of the Sh'loh section,
-he church was filled to overflow -
for the funeral services. i
Plan Cotton
Contest For
This Ccu.Jy
May Have County-Wide Cotton
rroduetlon Contest On Five
Acre riuts, Said.
Cleveland county farmers, who
last year ouststrlpped any county
in the state in producing cotton
and likely set up a per acre pro
duction record for the South, may
this year compete with each other
to see Just which enterprising
farmer can produce the most cot
ton on five acres.
Agricultural leaders here are
planning such a contest now. and it
the plans maerializc the rules for j
the contest and the prizes to be
awarded will be announced soon
According to the preliminary talk
any cotton farmer in the county
would be eligible to enter the con
test, designating a particular five
acres as his contest plot, with the
prize, or prizes, going-to the farmer
with the best production, or to the
farmers leading others in the con
test.
If the contest Is definitely de
cided upon it will no doubt create
considerable interest throughout,
the comity to see which farmer
proves the best on the five acres,
and also to determine which sec
tion of the county will win the
prize, or prizes.
Those discussing the contest
state that a definite announcement
concerning it, will likely be made in
a week or so.
Lincolnton Man Is
Killed In Accident
Woman Who Was Driving Car
When It Turned Over At Char
lotte Being Held.
Charlotte, Feb. 3.—ZLm Zigle, 25.
-aid to be a mill employe of Ltn
colnton, was killed when the auto
mobile coupe In which he was rid
ing turned over at the city limits of
Charlotte early today.
Miss Margaret Buchanan, of Char
lotte, who was driving the machine j
when it swerved over while turning j
a curve, was held in the city jail to
day in connection with the death
after she was discharged from a
hospital where she was rushed fol
lowing the accident.
The other men In the machine.
J. A. Mauney and Lawsoh Reynolds
both of Lincolnton, according to
the police report, escaped with min
or cuts and bruises and were held
In jell until, today when they were
released.
Mauney, shortely after the acci
dent, said that he had never seen
Miss Buchanan befcre last ni"ht,
when shortly before midnight.
Zigle asked to bring himself and
the woman to Charlotte. Mauney
declared he was owner of the cm
rnd that he and Reynold had de- I
elded to make the trip b :ore see
ing the other two. Maun >v said that
on th eway he was persuaded by j
Zigle, who professed tin woman to;
be a capable driver, to let her drive
the ear.
Miss Buchanan today claimed
that she wrs asked by. the men to
drive the machine, charging they
were n6t in condition to drive.
Rafe King On Stand
At Sharon Inquest;
No Action As Yet
Five Witnesses Heard Up To 2 O’Clock Thi*
Afternoon. Wife Had Threatened Suicide,
He Stated. Presence Of Blood Explained*
Continues Late Today. .
(Special to The Star.?
High School Auditorium, Sharon, S. C, Feb. t.—The inquest hen to
day to determine how Mrs. Rafe King, whose body was found In M out*
house near her home last week, was still going on at 2 this afternoon md
will likely continue through the afternoon. Dp to 2 o’clock (If* wit
nesses. including the husband of the dead wtftnaii, had taken the stand,
but no new evidence, or anything of a sensational nature to indicate
What? High® Win
Cage Game; Tussle !
Here Wednesday
(iutania Game Here Wednesday
Night Will Be A * Hard
Fought Scrap. °
One of the hardest-fought bas
ketball games of the year Is on the
bill for the "tin can" here Wednes
day night. Which Is to say that it j
will be ’a typical Gastonia-Shelby ‘
battle, and Gastonia already has i
one victory over the locals and the
youths trained in the Morris-Falls j
system are out for revenge.
That Gastonia will meet an alto
gether different quint from the
Shelby outfit they defeated is as
sured. Several shifts- have been
made on the team, the style of de
fense changed to the man-to-man
method, and after many heart
rending weeks the local young
sters seem to have their eyes on the
basket as evidenced by their recent
victories. In the meantime Gas-'
tonia. already a fast outfit, has
improved as is shown by their re
cent defeat of the strong Char
lotte team. But with the return of
Capt. Gold and “Mud’’ Poston to
the line-up the Shelby outfit has
taken on new life. Gold and Zeno
Wall fill the forward berths, Pos
ton is a center, with Cline Owens
Lee and Guy Bridges handling the
guard duties. This will be the like
ly line-up against Gastonia Wed
nesday night.
Tuesday night the highs play the
fast Lattlmore quint at Lattimore.
going to Kings Mountain Friday
night for a return game.
Beat Kings Mountain.
Playing here Friday night the j
rejuvenated Shelby outfit, hitting
the basket with more consistency
doubled the score on Kings Moun
tain 20-10. At the end of the first,
half Shelby had the visitors 16-3,
and Kings Mountain failed to score
m the y.»ird quarter but rang up
seven points In the final setto. The
floor play of Bridges and Poston
and the guarding of Lee featured1
for the locals.
Dairying offers the best prospect
for farmers of the state this year.
of any other project, says Dr, G. W. I
Forster/ agricultural economist at.'
State college, ;
Boys, “ Having Some Fun, ”Kill
Man And Upsst An Entire City
(The following news story re
produced from <it public service
journal is with the aim of pointing
out the danger shooting or throw
ing stones at pov.-r h. . 'res or
Insulators, seme': n t m
cause the loss oi i; - and* property
—Only recently in. •cr.s h:g:i
powered lights lieio- broken out by
stones in Shelby and reiva -i b -
ing offered for those who did the
throwing.)
Just before dusk one wild March
evening (and this is a true story)
two boys, each with a .22 rifle, came
to a place on the highway where
the high-voltage power line crossed.
This line carried a 50,000-volt
current and supplied a nearby
town with electricity for all domes
tic and commercial purposes, “i’ll
bet I can bit that big brown thing
the wire’s fastened to,” said Jim
mie, the taller of the two, bringing
his rifle to his shoulder.
Then “crack, crack," went the
firearm, and at the third crack in
sulator and wire fell to the ground.
Instantly a cracking flame lit up
the whole country, setting fire to
the pole and cross-arms, and
grounding the line, with more fire
works.
The boy’s eyes lit with delight.
“Ccma on. Jimmie, let’s beat it,"
urged the sma-ler youth.
‘‘Naw.’* arid Jimmie, contemnfo
I oUSly, "I want to stay and watch
I the fun. Cee! Lookitp
1 Meanwhile back in town the
lights w • -f: out. A circuit breaker)
1 bad fait > to op: n and a trans-1
! ;orn- r d burned out In an ex-'
i plcsKit-of flame, killing an opera-I
i “or
Thr stnr cars were lift stand
tr,:Tf on the tracks, filled with peo-.
I pic trying to go home. The stores
j were stilt filled with customers, for
I it was not yet closing time. Power
was cut off from the mills and fac
tories. Because of the burned-out
transformer and the grounding of
the transmission lines darkness
the transmission lines darkness
settled down long before power
could be brought on again '
Linesmen, hustling out to locate
the trouble, found Jimmie and
Frankie enjoying the spectacle, and
promptly turned them over to a
motorcycle highway policeman who
came along just then.
“You caused the death of a man,
stopped the wheels of a city, and
put thousands of people to no end
of trouble and Inconvenience,” said
the Judge before whom they plead
ed guilty, “and put the company to
j a large and unnecessary expense,
and apparently did this wilfully and
maliciously for what you called 'the
fun of it,’ so I shall sentence you
both to a year in the reformatory ”
other than suicide.
Crowd Jams Boon.
The inquest began at 10:30 tbit
morning with a crowd of 300 or
more people jamming the school
auditorium to hear the witnesses, as
the Sharon section has been talk
ing Mrs. King's death as one of
the sensations of the community.
Paul a. McCorkle, York's blind cor
oner, is presiding^ and Solicitor A
Lyles Olenn, of Chester, Is conduct
ing the examination of witnesses at
tlie request of Governor John Rich
ards and Sheriff Quinn.
Witnesses Heard.
The witnesses beard so far wars:
Dr. C. O. Burrus and Dr. J. H.
Kaye of Sharion who performed
the autopsy on the body; Rett
King, husband of the daad woman;
Mrs. 8. T. Ferguson, who with taro
children, found the body; and Rev.
Paul McCully, who talked with
King while the search was golnt
on. \
King’s Testimony. ■ -■
Mr. King, second witness on the
stand, appealed calm and compos
ed and gave testimony In § steady
voice.
He stated that he was feeling so
hady on the morning of his wife’s
death that he did not get up and
■he prepared his breakfast and serv
ed it to him in bed, telling him that
"You’re going to keep going until
you die.” She then made a fire
save him two sedative tablets to help
him sleep, and kissed him before
:clng out of tlje room so that he
ight sleep, he declared.
He awoke, he continued, about 1
/clock, and was suffering so tha$
lie called a small boy who was pass
's and sent for a doctor. When
See. King failed to come In from
chool at the usual hour he was
it alarmed he said because she
equently stopped by with friends,
lowever, when dark came and she
was not there he raised an alarm
and the search was made which
■ entually found her body In the
outhouse.
“Cen you give any explanation of
Lhe wound on her head?” Solicitor
Glenn queried.
“No,” replied King. "They would
not let me see the body.”
Chickens In Room.
The solicitor then asked If he
could explain the blood stains
found in one of the rooms.
"We kept some small chickens in
a box there and the rats killed
some of them, and peihapa that
caused it,” was-the reply.
Continuing the witness said that
his wife had repeatedly threatened
to drink lysol but was afraid it
would turn her black.
A Suicide Pact?
She had once suggested, King
jaid, that they both drink lysol.
He was emphatic in his statement
that they were happy and did not
quarrel.
Feared Childbirth.
King in his testimony also said
-hat his wife realized about two
months ago that she v»ould likely
become a mother and dreaded
childbirth because of a kidney af*
fliction, which she thought might
kill he.
Less than a year ago Mrs. King
had taken out a $5,000 insurance
policy after he (King) had failed
to pass the insurance examination
She had laughingly said several
times he continued that he could
have a big time on the iimmnca
money.
Bad Two Worries.
Her two worries he said were the
.'ear of childbirth and the fact that
she did not want to move to hit
farm three miles from Sharon, do*
daring that she would ratter did
than go to the farm as the farm
had killed bar people and would
kill her.
Dr. I
.d that
sd at I
'Confirm** on porr dal
Poison In
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