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    SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, MARCH 18,1929. published
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
By mull, per year (in advance) $2.80
Carrier, per year On advance) #3.00
The Markets.
Shelby, spot cotton ........... 20c
Cotton Seed, bu. ....._... 70lie
Fair And Warmer.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Warmer tonight and Tues
13 Die In Crash.
Thirteen people taking a joy ride
in an airplane were killed yesterdky
at Newark, New Jersey, when the
big plane in which they were rid
ing failed to rise more than 100
feet and then plunged to the
ground. The pilot and his com
panion in the control cockpit were
not killed although seriously in
Lawmakers Not
With Gardner
Over Friendly
Executive Not As Popular With
Legislators As Had Been
When Governor Max Gardner
was inaugurated the general im
pression over the state was that,
due to his popularity, the legisla
ture would follow his recommenda
tions and approved measures more
readily than they have lor several
governors of the past.
Governor Gardner backed his pet
measure, the Australian ballot, and
after many amendments, and a
hard fight, he put it over. But in
the closing days of the session
newspaper observers noted that
many of the approved measures of
the Governor were being permitted
to go by the board.
The Raleigh correspondent for
several afternoon dailies. J. C.
i Continued on page tefs.)
Union Man Dies
Of Blood Poison
Had Dressed A Beef And Got
Hand Infected—Live Only
A Few Days.
A second Cleveland county farm
er this year has died from blood
poisoning, caused by infected hand
as a result of dressing livestock.
Early this year a young farts v of
the Lattimore community cut his
hand while dressing a hog and the,
wound became infected with. the
result that he died frijhV Mood1
^olson a short time thereafter in1
the hospital at Rutherfordton.
Last week Mr. Hewie Champion
of the Union community died in
the Shelby hospital from blood
poison resulting from an abrasion
on the hand while dressing a beef
at his home three or four days pre
vious. Mr. Champion's passing
caused great sorrow in the Union
community where he was regarded
as one of the best citizens. Mr.
Champion is survived by his wife,
one son. Ulysses, his mother, Mrs.
W. B. Champion, two sisters, Mrs.
Julius Costner and Mrs. P. B. Brigg
and three brothers, Leroy, Hose and
Grover Champion. #
The funeral was largely attended
at Union where he was an active
member and had the enviable rec
ord of not having missed Sunday
school for four years.
Watch Your Trash
Uptown; Ordinance
Forbids Scattering
, The garbage cans in the uptown
business district of Shelby are for
trash and are to be used as such.
Moreover those not using the gar
bage cans are subject to a fine of
$5 for, each offense according to a
new city ordinance.
The new ordinance, recently
adopted by the city board and now
in force, spates that it is unlawful
to throw or leave waste paper upon
the streets or court square, to
throw or drop glass bottles or
broken glass upon the streets or
sidewalks, to throw or drop por
tions of fruits or vegetables upon
the sidewalks and streets, or to
scatter circulars or advertising
matter larger than three by five
inches. Even small circulars are
not to be distributed upon the
streets or in business lobbies un
less handed to some person who in
dicates a desire to accept same.
The move by the city fathers was
raadeNin an effort to check the
giutterlng of the business district
with circulars “and refuse matter
dropped upon the streets by shop
pers and others.
Shelby Legion Post
Accorded Citation
The Warren Hoyle Post of the
American Legion has been tender
ed a Most Distinguished Service
citation from national headquar
ters for enrolling all 1920 members
for 1929 and placing them in good
vtaiidlng. Notification of the award
came to Th06 H. Abernethy. Jr., ad
jutant of the local post, from Jim
Caldwell. adjutant of the North
Carolina department.
Kings Lowers
May Get Trial
At Later Date
Change In Venue Would Automati
cally Postpone Hearing:. Sec
tion Prejudiced.
When the case against Rate
King, Shelby man charged with
having something to do with the
death of his wife last January at
Sharon, S. C., comes up for trial
at York on April 15 it is likely
that King’s attorneys will ask for
a change of venue, or the moving
of the case to another South Caro
lina county.
No definite statement is made to
that effect by the local attorneys
of King, Clyde R. Hoey and B. T.
Falls, nor by his York attorney,
Thos. F. McDow, but it is general
ly understood that they will make
such a plea to the circuit judge and
will use as their argument that the
section thereabouts is too prejudic
ed against the Shelby man to give
him a fair trial.
would Be Automatic.
Asked liere Saturday if it was
the intention to ask a change of
venue and also that the trial date
be postponed. Mr. Hoey did not
commit himself definitely about
asking a change of venue but did
say, ‘ You understand that if a
change of venue is granted that
will mean a postponement of the
hearing as it would not likely be
held, with the venue changed, un
til the next term of court in the
county to which the case would be
moved, provided the judge grants
such. The judge, you see, will ftave
absolute authority in deciding
A reason advanced by King’s
friends for a postponement of the
hearing is that sentiment in the
matter even in York county and
about Sharon is changing due to
the apparent Intention on the part
of some to injure him by the start
ing and passing along of innumer
able unfounded rumors about the
“If they keep starting such re
ports as that,” declared one Shelby
man Saturday talking of the re
port that ipng had been placed in
•the asylum, "I don't see how any
fair-minded person can eventually
help but side with Rafe until shown
better because of the many concoct
ed stories being related about his
wife's death and about him. Those
stories, in my judgment, will react
hi his favor. People arc going to
wonder what is the truth about
the matter if the facts continue to
show up these wild rumors as they
have been.”
Saying Little. ^
However, King's-.attorneys are
having little to say about the ru
mors. other than that they did put
a crimp into the wild report that
their client had been placed in an
asylum to evade trial. They per
haps have something up their
sleeve for the hearing, and it may
be that they will use the many un
founded rumors in the case with
telling effect when the hearing
comes up. Anyway, it is the opin
ion of local people that the rumors
will surely serve the purpose of
convincing the trial judge that
King' cannot get a fair trial at
York, as prejudice must be behind
the origin of many of the rumors
proved to be without foundation.
Friends of King also argue that the
continued spreading of rumors in
the case is a pretty good indication
that very few injurious facts are
known against him, as they con
tend that the rumors and surmise
would not be necessary if officers
had real incriminating evidence.
Commandery Names
Officers On Tuesday
A meeting of the Commandery
will be held at the Masonic Tem
ple Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock,
at which time new officers will be
A meeting of the Blue Lodge is
scheduled to be held Friday night
of this week.
First Photo of Qcorgia Flood
't’his remarkable picture, taken from an airplane by
an Internationa] Newsreel Staff Photographer, shows West
Point, Ga., under many feet of water. The street ih the cen
ter of the picture, the main thoroughfare of the city, is a
canal, the water rising- above the floors of stores and dwell
ing". On the left is seen the QHtt'uvibchee, swollen alm^rt
to the floor o fthe bridge, and ov:r'‘-.ving into the sur
rounding country. The ploa.i froirr. ", hi.h this r'~ •»> s
taken was piloted by Doug Davis, of Atlanta.—Photo by
International Newsreel,
Beloved Woman Of
Upper County Dies
Mrs. Edhe? Willis, One Of Most
Prominent Woman Of Upper
C leveland Dies.
Upper Cleveland was shocked last
week to learn of the rather sudden
and unexpected passing of one of
Its most prominent and influential
women, Mfs. Edney Willis, age 49
years. Mrs. Willis suffered a stroke
Of paralysis on March 9 and died
the following Thursday morning at
8 o'clock. Her passing removed one
of the best women of the county
for she was a leader in the religious
life of the community, a saintly
mother and a devoted, affectionate
neighbor, whose whole life was
lived for others. In the Willis
home, the family altar was worship
ped at, morning and night. In the
St. Peters Synday school Mrs. Wil
lis was a teacher and worker, and
her passing leaves a vacancy which
will be hard to fill.
Daughter Of Noah Wright.
Her father, Mr. Noah J. Wright
of Fallston has been superintendent
of Friendship Methodist church,
Fallston for 62 years, being the
oldest superintendent In point of
service and age in North Carolina,
perhaps. So she had an inherent In
terest in religious work - and was
one of the most influential women
in upper Cleveland.
Mrs. Willis Is survived by her
esteemed husband and seven chil
dren. five boys and two girls, the
youngest child being six years old.
Also surviving are four sisters,
Mrs. R. A. Lackey, Mrs. D. L.- Mar
tin. Mrs. Robert Wilson and Mrs.
J. R. Morris. The funeral was con
ducted Saturday morning by Rev.
J. W. Fitzgerald and interment was
at St. Peters church rear which
she lived and in which she was such
a faithful member. Hundreds of
sorrowing friends attended the
funeral service and a beautiful
display of flowers added testimony
to the esteem and regard in which
she was held by everybody.
Something Is “Keeping ‘Em
Down On The Farm ” Recently
Washington—There nre fewer
persons on farms now than at any
time in the last 20 years, figures
issued by the agriculture depart
ments bureau of agriculture eco
nomics showed. The “farm popu
lation” was estimated at 27,511,
000 as of January 1, 1929. as com
pared with a peak of 32,000,000 in
A decrease in farm population
during the past year was shown
by the estimate despite an im
provement in agricultural condi
tions and a slight slackening in
(industrial employment. The fig
ures showed that 1,960.000 per
sons left farms hi 1928 and only
1.362.000 went lrom cities to farms.
As compared with previous years,
the drift from farm to city slowed
iip somewhat, the figures indicated,
but there were also fewer persons
moving from city to farm. The net
loss of farm population last year
was 188.00G persons, compared with
193.000 in 1927 a,-d with „ 19.000 -in
1926. An excess of births over
deaths helped' to 'swell the farm i
High School Students To Be
Given A Political Education ,
In Schools Of America Now
Educators In A Score Of States
Hope To Aid Students
With Courses.
(Special To The Star.>
Washington.—The rather stu
pendous task of giving Americans
a political education has at least
been begun.
In a score or more states edu
cators ara struggling wltn a vision
of the day when high school gradu
ates may enter life with some con
ception of public affairs and free
from the many dumb superstitions
commonly supposed to a'iiict the
average American voter.
‘'Problems of democracy” courses
are being taught in New York. New
Jersey. Pennsylvania and North
Carolina, among other states, and
have met with special success in
adjacent Maryland, where the stat"
department of education has issued
an extensive bulletin outlining the
curricula made by teachers in
Queen Anne’s county. Tn most in
stances such courses have been
established for the last nigh school
The outsanding leader In tli"
movement is Professor J. Montgom
ery Ganibrill. head of the history
department of Teachers college.
Columbia university, who has cx
(Continued on page ten.^
Legislative Page
Says Mrs. Gardner
Prettiest Of All
Youngsters At Their Banquet Name
Governor's Lady As Most
Raleigh. — One of the prize
speeches made by legislative at
taches while the general assembly
has beo in session was made by
Wendell McDevitt, Youthful page of
Marshall. Madison county, when
Governor and Mrs. Gardner enter
tained the pages last week at the
executive mansion.
One of the entertainment features
of the party was the election of
superlatives, the smartest, laziest,
and so on. Finally the youngsters
got around to the election of the
"Mr. president,” Wendell said. "I
rise to a point of personal privilege
Everybody knows Mrs. Gardner is
the handsomest and most beautiful
person here, and any motion that
doesn't name her and her alone, is 1
out of order.”
Vociferous applause greeted his :
speech, and by common consent j
Mrs. Gardner was honored by the i
past. v
Kelly Sale Leads (
To Reorganization;
In Business Shelby
Mills Family May Take Over Chain.
New Dry Cleaner. Signs
Managerial Contract.
Sinee tire Kelly Clothing com
pany inaugurated their '‘reorgan
ization sale." which started Satur
day. many inquiries have been
made as to what the nature of the
reorganization will be.
Henry Mills, in charge or the
business litre, asserts that a state
ment will later be made by the
company. In the meantime it Is
understood, and this is unofficial,
that the Mills family Is taking over
the chain of stores, buying out the
Kelly Interests.
In which case. It Is believed. Mr
Mills will continue In charge of the
local store as formerly, The sale,
now on, has met with a spirited
endorsement by the buying public.
Saturday being one of the banner
days of the firm history here.
Announcement comes from the
Shelby Dry Cleaning company that
Mr. Edgar Griffitts, formerly with
the B*n Vonde company, of Char
lotte, has been employed by the
local concern, and has been placed
in charge of the dyeing and clean
ing dcc'rtments. Mr. Bowling says
Mr. Griffitts is the most compet
ent man in his line that he knows
Word comes to The Star that Mr.
E. A. Millican, manager of the
Charles Store In this city. has
signed a contract whereby he will
continue at the head of the local
store for another year. The new
manager came here tenti tively. but
has met with such success that he
is being continued at the head of
the business, which is one of tin
most important branches in the
Mr. Chester Bond, manager of
Montgoiuery-Ward's Shelby store
: ft Sunday for an extended busi
ness trip to Baltimore and New
High Band Will
Appear At Earl
Prof. W. T. Sinclair's Shelby
high school band, considered one
of the best scholastic musical or
gnnizations in the state will give a.
concert at the Earl school building j
Friday niglvt of this week.
Mrs. Arthur Levy
Dies In Georgia
! Formerly ..JUiM.AUsiorl* Sisk Of
1 Shelby Passes Suddenly Fol
lowing Flu Attack.
I _
Long distance telephone message
early this morning brought the
news of the sudden death at Col
umbus, Gn. of Mrs. Arthur Levy,
. nee Marjorie Sisk, a former Shelby
, girl and sister of Roy Sisk of the
i First National bank torcc here,
; Mrs. Lewis Forney and Miss Ous
sie Sisk of Shelhy and Hoke Sisk
of Jacksonville, Fla.
Mrs. Levy had been sick with in
' fluenza but was considered im
proving and out of danger when
she passed away suddenly at her
i home this morning at 4 o'clock. She
is survived by her husband and
five daughters. Mrs. A. A. Dodak,
Mrs. Miles Stewart, Misses Frances
Eleanor and Ina Levy, nil of Col
umbus. Mr. Roy Sisk nud Mrs.
Lewis Forney left this morning for
Columbus, Oa„ to attend the fu
neral. date for which lta.l not been
set when they left.
Mrs. Levy was born in Shelby 44
years ago but moved to Columbus
23 yrs. ago when she married in Mr.
Levy family which owns the fa
mous “Esqualine” estate,- an an
cestral show place near Coluir^bus.
Mrs. Levy was a Methodist and it
is supposed she will be buried in
the family burying ground at
Lectures Here On
Sunday School Work
Mrs. W. L. Blakenship of Atlan
ta. Ga., is giving a series of lec
tures and conferences to the cradle
I roll beginners, primary and Jun
ior departments of the First Bap-1
ti t Sunday school at the new edu
' rat’onal building at 4 o'clock in
the afternoon, and 7:30 o'clock in
ithe evening throughout (he week.'
j Everybody who wishes are cordial
ly invited to hear Mrs. Blakenship.
Patrons lit Move To
Keep Schools Open
For Regular Term
Davidson College
Glee Club Tonight
Tin* Davidson college Rleo club,
one of the best known college mus
ical organizations In this section of
the south, will give ft concert this
evening at the Central school audi
torium here. The program will In
clude classical and semi-classical
numbers, popular numbers and
jazz. I. C. Griffin, Jr, a son of
Supt. I. C. Griffin, of Shelby, is a
member of the orchestra
Hold Man For
Wife’s Death
In Rutherford
Julius Smith, Who Lived Near
Cleveland Line, Held. Killed
Herself, He Says.
Rutlierfordton. March 18.—Julius
Smith, who lives near the corner of
Rutherford. Burke and Cleveland
counties, 22 miles east of here and
whose wife met a mysterious death
last Wednesday afternoon, was
brought to Jail Friday morning
about. 9 o'clock. Officers found
Smith jit his home in bed Just be
fore daylight. He did not resist ar
rest and did not try to get away,
lie attended the funeral of his wife
Thursday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant
church, near his home and return
ed to his home with his children.
Talks Freely.
When interviewed this aitemoon
| in jail, Smith talked freely of the
| affair and declared that his wife
; shot herself with the pistol but that
he could not give any reason for
her doing so. He said he was sit
ting In front of the fire at about 4
o'clock Wednesday afternoon when
he heard a pistol snap and he look
ed up and saw Ills wife pull the
trigger a second time and shot
Itself In the breast. He caught
her as she fell, he said. There was
a blank cartridge In the gun. Smith
declares his innocence in regard to
the killing He was a bit nervous
as he talked. Smith will not make
any effort to get out on bond, he
said, until after the coroner's Jury
returns a verdict. He hopes later
to get out under bond. He does not
seem to be worried over the mat
ter. He claims he and his wife got
along well, but admitted that they
had been separated three or four
times. He said he used to drink
much but had drank very little Of
late years.
Smith is only 33 years of age and
has been twice married. His first
wife died about 10 years ago. His
second wife was only 27 years of
age and was the mother of six
children, five living, the oldest be
ing, girls, ages eight and seven
years. A large crowd attended Mrs.
Smith’s funeral Thursday afternoon.
She was a member of Enloa Bap
tist church in Burke county, where
she was reared and was a Smith
before her marriage.
Two Blazes Sunday
Cause Damage Here
Two tires in Shelby Sunday, one
at the Ora Mill store and the other
a residence in the negro section, did
quite a bit of damage.
The Ora Mill store tire occurred
about 7:30 tn the morning, the
blaze originating, it is said from a
refrigeration motor underneath the
store. The other fire responded to
by the city fire department was
the home of Mida Wallace, colored
woman, near the colored school.
The blaze started on the roof, ap
parently from a Spa::*’, and badly
damaged the home.
Vanderburg Trial Date Is
Fixed For Court In Gaston
Gastonia. — Jacob Vanderburg.
Gaston county youth charged with
the murdei of his father and
mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Van
derburg, and two sisters and a
younger brother, on last December
27. will face trial during the ap
proaching regular term of Gaston
county suiHM'ior court beginning
here April 15. It was announced by
Solicitor John G. Carpenter. The
first two days of the regular term
will be given over to the trial of;
jail cases, and the Vanderburg trial j
will begin on Wednesday, the 17th. [
It was announced some weeks ago]
that Vanderburg would so on trial
at a special term of court to be
gin here on April 29, but the so
licitor announced today that he had
changed his plan?.
Just what line of defense will be
taken by the Vanderburg attorneys
remains i.nrrvealcd, following the
big stir created a week or more Bgo
when it was reported and rumored
that the young murder suspect had
confessed to the murder of his
father, claiming self defers* and
stating that the elder Vanderburg
had killed the other members of
the family in a dnuiken fury.
Attempt .Subscription rian To Run
City Schools For Full Nine
Parents of school children and
other Shelby citizen* working in
conjunction with the Parent
Teachers association today inaug
urated a movement to keep the city
schools open for the full nine
months by the subscription plan.
The move was decided at a
meeting of the Central Parent
Teachers association held last Fri
day night, and at that time a
committee of school patrons was
appointee! to formulate a plan, or
plans fe* keeping the schools open
for thi ’-egular school year.
Subscription Appeal.
This committee, headed by E. E
Scott and composed of R. M. Otd
ney, E. O. McGowan, J. Q. Earl,
and J. F. Jenkins, met this morn
ing and decided to appeal to par
ents for enough subscriptions to
continue the school for the extra
During the week Parent-Teacher
groups of the elementary schools
will hold meetings to plan a simi
lar movement to keep the other
schools of the city open by sub
scription lor the extra month. A
meeting is to be held tonight at
the Washington school to formul
ate plans.
The central committee this
morning decided to get out circu
lar letters to parents of all high
school children containing a sub
scription blank card with the hope
of having parents subscribe enough
so that all the high school children.
Including the senior class, may re
ceive credit for the full year's work,
which will not be possible if the
term ends in May according to the
decision of the school board which
informs that the treasury will be
depleted at that time.
It is estimated by school au
thorities that in the high school it
will cost approximately *10 per
pupil to operate the extra month,
provided that as many aa 400 high
school students remain for the
(Continued on page ten.i
Mr. John C. Ydutig
Passes Suddenly
Half Brother Of Mr. C. 8. Young
Prominent Wholesale Grocer
Dies. Lived Near Toluca.
Mr. Jolin C. Young, well known
fanner of the Toluca ‘ section died
suddenly Friday about noon while
sitting In his home talking to his
wife and making plans for his aft
ernoon's work. Mr. Yeung was a
victim of apoplexy’. He was 67 years
of age and was a man-of unusual
physicial strength In his younger
days and of fine traits of character
all of his life. He was highly es
teemed in his community and gen
erally regarded as a man of up
standing character. He w*s a
member of Corinth Baptist church
and was married in young man
hood to Miss Alice Nogglc who
survives, together with four grand
children. Their only daughter died
during the first flu epidemic about
ten years ago. ?
Mr. Young is survived also by the
following half brothers, Mr. C. S
Young of Shelby. W. H. Young To
luca merchant, CL ,P. Young of
Texas, Oeo. E. Young of Lowell, Dr.
j. A. Young of Newton.
The funeral was held Sunday at
11 o’clock and interment was at
Hebron Methodist church, the sen
ices being conducted by Rev. Vance
Heafner, a neighbor minister.
Federal Court Now
In Session Here
Docket May Be Completed In Few
Days. Prohibition Violations
Form Docket.
The spring term of United States
district court convened here this
morning with Federal Judge E.
Yates Webb presiding and Assist
ant District Attorney €. E. Greene,
of Bakersvllle, prosecuting in the
absence of District Attorney Tom
Harkins, of Asheville. Prank Pat
ton, of Mc*»ganton, is assisting in
the prosecution, while Marshal
Brownlow Jackson, Deputy Mar
shal Swain and other deputies and
clerks are in attendance, including
Mrs. Pan Barnett, deputy clerk of
Only about SO cases, most of
which are for violation of the pro
hibition laws, are on the docket and
Judge Webb moving at Iris custom
ary speed will likely clean up IRe
docket on one or two days...

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