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    Around Our Town
Shelby Sidelights
about town who believe in the
groundhog's veracity, dog days, and
the reliability of the first robin,
Spring arrived in Shelby Saturday.
Which is to say "the first
robin of Spring” was seen on the
court square beiore noon Saturday
"His breast was shining like a
redcoat,” remarked one of the ob
servers, who seemingly has had
handed down to him the legendary
tales of the licking given Ferguson’s
redcoats atop,Kings Mountain.
And it may be that Spring is
here,, even when one views the
v eather through the eyes of those
who prefer the groundhog prophe
cies to Jo-Jo and Blum’s almanac.
For, you see, the groundhog, see
ing his shadow on February, 2nd.
prophesied six weeks, or 40 days of
bad weather, and the 40 days, if
you've kept strict count, wrill be up
With rain and more rain, a bit
of snow, and nearly every type of
bad weather, the general impress
ion prevails, no doubt, that the
groundhog was a good prophet. But
as a matter of fact the marmot was
not so hot; the weather'Than saw
to it that we had more good-weath
er days in the groundhog season
than bad-weather days. Thirty-five
of the 40 days were checked off with
Saturday and through that date 22
of the days witnessed good weath
er, while the weather was rather
rough, and sometimes rougher, only
13 days. Even if the remaining
days of the groundhog period are
filled with inclement weather Sir
Groundhog will still be the loser,
with only 18 bad-weather days to
buck against 2? days of good weath
I’ k with the groundhog season
ending Thursday, whether or not
jou string flong with the marmot,
and the first robin already strutting
in such a pul lie place as the court
square, it mrjst be admitted, even
by the pessimistic, that Spring is
here, or, to be conservative, is just
around the cerrer.
To which there will be those who
will remind that March came in
like a lamb and must of necessity
go out like a lion. Let them re
mind. There has never been com
plete accord on any weather pro
been known as one of the best base
ball towns In the country, and not
jo trany >f arc aeo the town was a
regular training ground lor young
players who have since performed
in the major or minor leagues.
Those were the olci Blue Ridge lea
gue days
Ani with Spring fever. In more
or less serious form, permeating the
atmosphere, Shelby groups are al
ready talking baseball.
Some are wondering where Boa
by Burns will be pitching this yea-,
If pitching at ail. Others are cur
ious to see if Buck Redfern w ,1
stick with Lena Blackburne’s White
Sox this year. Then it is recalled
that Tommy Harrill will try to beat
the veteran Molly Cox out of his
first-basing jdb at Greensboro in
the Piedmont, and that Pat Craw
ford, who once brought his Gas
tonia High teams over to clash with
Casey Morris’, teams, is making a
good impression at the Giants'
training ground at San Antonio.
Still others are asking where Dick
Burras will be playing this year, and
so on.
It has been several years since
Shelby has had any summer base
ball of a type that would bring the
crowds out, but it will be many
years tetoref the town forgets the
day when the tradespeople closed
their doors and journeyed to the
city ball park for the hectic games
of the Blue Ridge season. Back
come memories of Van Pelt. “Bad
Eye” Guthrie, Rube Eldridge, “the
Duke of Spiro,,; one-armed Pete
Crisp, the grid star who turned um
pire; Red Johnson, “Horse” Chewn
ing, johnny Hudson, and many oth
ers. And, due to those memories, it
it wiU be many years before Shelby
people will stop talking baseball
with the first signs of Spring.
calls to the colyum that there seems
to be some right authentic infor
mation supporting the fact that the
“spit-ball” was first discovered by
a Shelby ball twlrler of the old days
Will Carroll. Some of these days we
intend to talk It over with the fel
low who once pitched double-head
ers as easily as modern pitchers do
relief work, check up the legiti
mate records of baseball, and give
honor where due.
Shelby read regularly the articles
written In the American and other
magazines by W. O. Saunders, of
Elizabeth City, and quite a number
of local people subscribe to Saund
ers’ Elizabeth City Independent
Those who keep up with his writ
ings will recall the story he wrote
of the marriage of one of his daugh
ters, and also the fatherly article
he wrote of the turning point in
his life when his son, Keith, left
home for college. The article to our
mind was <Me of the most clear-cut
human Interest cross-sections of
American home life we have ever
And now it seems as if Keith, like
his day, will not “stay put,” and has
left college.
An editorial In the last issue of
The Independent, entitled “Side
walks of New York,” gives an In
sight into the comradeship between
father and son. or W. O. and Keith:
“Just a word of explanation a
bout a new feature appearing week
ly In The Independent. “From The
Sidewalks of New York” is the ti
tle of the new feature to appear
weekly for a time, written by Win.
Keith Saunders. Keith is that fool
boy of mine who went to college. I
call him a fool boy advisedly be
cause he is following in the foot
steps of his father. That may be a
compliment for the old man, but it
may not be particularly creditable
to the boy.
“That boy didn’t stay in college.
They let him out to come home last
Thanksgiving for a holiday, and in
stead of coming home, be cashed a
draft on the old man and lit out
for New York. And there he is. He
has an unimportant little job with
the New York Telephone Co. and
is manfully taking care of himself
at the age of nineteen.
“I think Keith went to New York
with the Idea of succeeding Hey
wood Aroun as columnist on the
New York-World or of taking over
an editorial chair on the Herald
Tribune. But the New York papers
wouldn’t give a .nineteen-year-old
boy a chance to be even a cub re
porter. And so the young bo*o finds
that to satisfy the itch to write he;
will have to condescend to contri
bute to the columns of The Inde
pendent to ra while at least, until
he can grow a moustache and make
another try for a job on a New
York paper. Hence the new feature,
“From the Sidewalks of New York.*'
For a season at least readers of The
Independent can see the big city
thru the eyes of this independent
little son of the gun W. O.”
latest puns has to do with his opin
ion that the Scotch citizens of Am
erica would not vote if a referen
dum on prohibition were to be held
in this country.
Pat's explanation is that “The
Scotch don’t care how it goes, for
they're tight all the time anyhow.”
Pat sprung his extemporaneous
joke on Dr. McElroy, Presbyterian
minister of Kings Mountain, recent
Will Hoover Ever
' Give South Reward?
Concord Times.
The Charlotte Observer, staunch
Hoover supporter and ardent enemy
of Governor Smith, is still confident
that the new president will give
due recognition to the South. The
Observer refuses to be disappointed
that no man from Dixie was chosen
in the cabinet and predicts that “a
cabinet position may prove incon
sequential compared to some of the
things Hoover possibly has in mind
for the benefit of the South."
“Hoover is throwing no sop to
the South because of the support
it gave him,” The Observer notes
in way of explanation for the ab
sence of the names of Cramer, Cox,
Blair and others from the cabinet
list, indicating that such an ap
pointment would not be desirable
because it would be a “a sop.” And
then a little further along in the
same editorial the Charlotte con
temporary admits that It still hopes
‘‘a sop" will be thrown to this sec
tion saying "The Observer believes
the South will yet have a man In
the Hoover cabinet and Is content
to await developing circumstances."
When is a "sop" desirable and
when is it undesirable? In nam
ing a man from the South to the
cabinet now would constitute
"throwing a sop" to the South,
what will it mean if the appoint
ment is made later on? A sop as
we understand the word means any
thing given to pacify, and If Mr.
Hoover feels now that the South
wouldn’t appreciate a cabinet post
as a pacifier for its vote in the last
election why would he think a de
lay in the appointment would elim
inate the inference of pacification?
The Observer also finds that ab
sence of a Southern man in the
cabinet means that "Hoover is not
minded to guide his course along
the line that has obtained in past
years by both Democratic and Re
publican administrations—in the di
rection of political reward.” How
then does one account for the se
lection of such men as Mellon and
Good? And why the elimination
of William J. Donovan, one of the
original Hoover boosters?
Donovan is a Catholic and wet.
Is there no political significance in
his final elimination? It is known
that Donovan and Hoover were the
best of friends and the closest of
campaign workers, and his name
was one of the first mentioned as
ly when Dr. McElroy was making
wit of Pat’s ruddy complexion. Irish
^parings and cognomen. Dr. McEl
roy, you recall, is Scotch—a Scotch
Presbyterian, and Pat’s word
"tight,” he says, can be digested
single-barrel style or double-barrel.
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a cabinet member. Yet we find him
eliminated for a Protestant and a
dry. Ia there no political signifi
cance to this? Does the fact that
Mr, Hoover was afraid ol the Pro
testants and the drys substantiate
the claim that he Is Indifferent to
political Influence?
We, have confidence In the ability
of President Hoover. We recognize
him as an able efficient and trust
worthy public servant. His Integrity
Is established beyond question and
we believe he will strive td give the
United States a beneficial admin
istration. but we cannot picture
him as free from political pressure
and Indifferent to party Influence
We believe he will strive to aid
the South, but we believe he will
be motivated by political reasons
as well as by a sense of Justice In
so doing.
Mr. Hoover did not pass up the
South when naming the cabinet so
that he could bestow some greater
honor upon It later on. He may
give to the South some special
recognition, but it will be after the
rock-ribbed Republican east and
mid-west have been well taken care
of. He Is going to try to hold his
political advantages In the South,
to be sure, but he will be Influenc
ed to an extent at least by the
thought of a second term when he
starts strengthening his political
fences South of the Mason and
Dixon line.
We hope Mr. Hoover will be as
free from political pressure and
partisanship as The Observer pre
! diets, but we must confess to an
overwhelming sense of doubt now.
If Mr. Hoover does any more for
the South than other Republicans
| have done there will be cause for
rejoicing and goodness knows
there's plenty of room for improve
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Under and by virtue of the au
thority conferred by deed of trust
by V. J. Jolly and wife, Frances
! Jolly, to the First National Bank of
Durham, N. C. trustee, dated June
1, 1928, and recorded In book 150.
page 288, Cleveland county registry,
the Flrt National B'nk of Durham,
N. C. trustee, will on
M rch 25. inr\ at 12 o'clock 51
at the court house door in Cleve
land county, sell at public auction
for cash to the highest bidder the
follov ing described property:
Begining at a stake at the inter
action of Gidnev and Llneberger
streets and runs thence with the
west edge of Lbieborgrr street
north 4 west 100 feet to a stake;
thence south 8i wc t 200 feet to a
stake In the east edge ot an alley;
thence with said edge if said alley
south 4 east 100 feet to a stake in
»*>e north edge of Girlney street;
thence with said edge of said street
north 86 eat 2CD feet to the place
of beginning. Seme bring all that
lot conveyed to Vance Jolly by deed
recorded in book VV at page 371
In the office of the regitser of deeds
of Cleveland county. North Caro
lina, reference to which deed Is
hereby had for further Identifica
tion and description.
This sale is made on account of
default in the payment of indebted
ness secured by the said deed of
This 14th day of February, 1929.
DURHAM, Trustee.
\V_J3. Lockhart, Atty., Ourham.
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