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Tbe Markets,
Cotton, spot .... 20c
Cotton Seed, per bu. .......... 57c
Fair And Colder.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
^ Report: Fair and colder tonight.
Tuesday fair, slightly colder In cast
Myron lterrick Dead.
Myron T. Herrick, American am
bassador to France, died In Paris
Sunday afternoon about 4 o’clock
of a heart collapse following a bron
chial attack. A former governor of
Ohio and a prominent figure In Am
erican politics Ambassador Herrick
won the hearts of the French peo
ple when he refused to leave Paris
with other diplomats who fled from
the German invasion in 1914. The
^ bronchial attack resulting in his
death was brought on in part, it is
thought, by the ambassadors walk
ing bareheaded in the Foch funer
al cortege.
Church Opening
To First Baptist
Handsome Edifice Parked With
1,800 For Easter Opening
At the opining ot the handsome
new First Baptist church building
for the Easter services, 1,083 were
in attendance at Sunday school and
approximately 1,800 attended the
church services to hear Dr. Zeno
Wall, the beloved pastor, and to In
K spect for the first time the new
plant, one of the largest and most
modern and convenient of this de
nomination in North Carolina,
A dream and ambition of years
had been realized by the pastor and
« the congregation and the opening
was a most auspicious one with
hundreds of non-resident members
and friends coming from distant
points to share with the congrega
tion their joy in getting back home
after worshipping for six months in
the high school building while the
educational plant was being built
and the church edifice was being
Sunday School Reorganized.
t The reorganization of the Sun
day school on a standard basis and
the classification of pupils was ac
complished in less than 20 minutes
time under the direction of Mr.
Horace Easom, educational and
musical director. The great throng
met in the main church auditoriuum
and were sent to the various de
partments. together with teachers
and officers, with perfect harmony
and accord.
Church Overflowed.
At the church service, the large
•v auditorium with a seating capacity
of 1200 would not accommodate the
crowd. Many were turned away,
but chairs were provided to seat
hundreds, while many stood in the
aisles throughout the entire church
, Rev. John W. Suttle, moderator
of the Kings Mountain Association
offered prayer, while Rev. Mr. Ma
theny or the Sandy Run associa
tion read the Scripture. Dr. Wall
preached a sermon of power and
clarity on the subject "Christ's Res
urrection Message.’’
Governor Present.
Governor Gardner and Mrs.
Gardner were in the congregation
having come from Raleigh for the
opening of the new church. Gov
ernor was chairman of the drive
which secured pledges for $109,000
for the church in four days.
** Another large crowd was present
at the evening service when an Eas
ter cantata entitled "Our Living
Lord’’ was rendered by the choir of
trained voices under the direction
of Mr. Easom.
On Wednesday evening of this
week the other churches of the
city will worship with the First
Baptist congregation and inspect
the plant following the service.
^ New Sheriff Takes
Office Here Today
Tax Books Turned Over To Allen
By Logan. Major Portion
' Collected.
A new regime took charge at the
iounty court house here today
when the retiring sheriff, Hugh A
jogan, was succeeded by Sheriff
irvin M. Allen. The change, how
sver, was hardly noticeable about
he office and in the two sessions
>f court, superior and county, as
deputy Jerry Runyan continued as
^ ourt crier and other old deputies
vere on the job. In the office Chief
Jeputy Ed Dixon was in charge
nd was being assisted in getting
ffairs lined up by Deputy Mike
vustell, office deputy under Shcr
ff Logan, and by Deputy Marshall
The county tax books were tum
d over to the new sheriff by Sher
ff Logan and Deputy Austell with
>nly about $103,000 of the total Ux
4 evy of $545,323.19 yet to be collected
i the 19v$ books.
Garment Manufacturing Plant Organized Here By Gov. Gardnei
V V. V V. V w _
Clyde Beason Killed In Cafe Brawl At Cliffside Sunday
Real Basis Of Fatal Fight Not
Clear. Stab Splits Beason’s
Clyde Reason, 23-vear-old Cleve
land county fanner who lived near
the Rutherford line at Cliffside,
was fatally stabbed about 2 o’clock
Sunday afternoon by George Con
nor, 52-year-old Cliflslde machin
ist, at Paul Reason's cafe in Cliff
Connor it seems slashed only one
time at young Beason and the long
blade of the huntingk knife which
he swung ripped open Beason's left
breast and the point of the knife
slit his heart which was bared by
the gaping wound. Death was al
most instantaneous. Voting Season
turned after the stab walked two or
three steps toward his uncle, Paul
Beason, and said "I'm cut and I'm
cut bad.” Then with his uncle try
ing to hold him up he sank to the
floor where he breathed only twice
before expiring.
Races To Jail.
Immediately after inflicting: the
fatal wound, Connor left the cafe,
walked hurriedly two blocks to the
center of the Cliffside business sec
tion and with the dripping knife
still In his hand he approached the
car of Dave Hawkins and ordered
Hawkins to drive him to the county
jail at Rutherfordton, and drive
him quickly without asking any
questions. Hawkins drave. Meantime
two deputy sheriffs had been call
ed, and they, having the idea that
the aged killer was attempting to
escape, set out after the Hawkins
car, but the car ahead bearing the
killer outsped the deputies and Con
nor was already in the Rutherford
jail when the two deputies arrived.
Without Warning.
In jail Connor had very little to
say about the killing other than
volunteering the information that
he killed Beason after the latter
struck him in the head with a salt
shaker. About Cliffside yesterday
evening it was a hard matter to
secure definite information about
the brawl leading up to the killing.
Several versions of the killing were
related, and it seems as if only
three people witnessed the encoun
ter. One of these was the uncle of
the slain man, another, it was said,
was a cousin, while the third man
departed speedily from the scene
when Connor got into action with
his knife, but not in time to keep
from getting a slight gash across
his stomach as Connor lunged at
Beason with the long knife.
The assembled versions of the en
counter had it that Beason, with
his riding clothes on (he was known
as a daring motorcycle rider) en
tered the cafe and soon after en
tering turned to Connor and called
him a vile name. Connor remon
strated and the brawl started. From
that polnc on the several versions
(Continued on page eight.)
Shelby Police
Putting Sponge
To Booze Trade
Chief Poston And Forres Staffing
Most Sueeessful Dry Drive In
City’s History.
In another week or two, it Police
Chief McBride Poston and his -blue
coats stay on the warpath, Shelby,
Insofar as liquor traffic is concern
ed, may be as dry as the Sahara.
With ope raid following right
upon the heels of another the local
policemen have captured more
whiskey and thrown more monkey
wrenches in whiskey traffic here in
the last month than in any similar
period in years, observers say.
Get 54 Pints.
The last big raid took place early
Saturday morning when Chief Pos
ton and Policemen Ed Dixon and
Paul Stamey swooped down upon
a house in the "Chinatown” district
in eastern Shelby occupied by J.
M. Jones, white, and captured 54
pints of whiskey.
The liquor, the officers stated, was
found in a trunk in the home, while
seven empty pint bottles, which the
bluecoats say had contained whis
key, were found in the bathroom.
Jones was arrested and jailed until
his trial today in default of a $500
bond. A young fellow said to be
Jones’ son made his getaway while
the three officers were searching
the house.
In the same section before day
light Saturday morning Policemen
Stamey and Rufus Sparks arrested
two young men from Kings Moun
tain for being under the influence
of whiskey and having a small
amount in their car. They gave
their names as S. D. Harris and
Dewitt Hull and were travelling in
a Ford touring car.
Formal Call For
Shelby Election
Austell Is Registrar With Anthony
And Crowder As
Formal notice Is today given of
the municipal election to be held
on Monday, May 6. with Mike H.
Austell as registrar and Oliver An
thony and R. D. Crowder as Judges.
The registration books will be
open on April 15 and will remain
open, It is announced until election
day All residents who have lived
In Shelby 90 days prior to the elec
tion are entitled to register and
vote, according to the registrar.
Odus Mull Desenes Medal
For Declining Jobs, Says
Representative Odus M Mull, of
Shblby, deserves a medal as “the
champion Job-decliner in the world”
in the opinion of Johnston Avery,
editor of the Lenori News-Topic.
in an editorial the News-Topic
says of Mr. Mull.
“Permit us to direct your atten
tion toward the Hon. Odus M. Mull,
of Cleveland county. We nominate
him as candidate for the champion
job-decliner of the world. He has
declined more jobs iai the past sixty
days than the pie counter boys
thought existed.
"Bear with us while we recite the
facts in the case. Back In the days
when Heflin was merely warming
up to his vigorous fight that the
statute of liberty might not be stolen
by the pope, we heard of Mr. Mull
as recorder in Shelby. His name ap
peared only occasionally in the pub
lic prints. Then the avalanche rum,
Romanism and retribution descend
ed upon us and we found Mr. Mull
had been made chairman of the
state Democratic executive commit
tee and manager of Governor Gard
ner's campaign.
“He did as well as mortal man
could have done, which w-as of
necessity mighty little under the
circumstances, and by the time the
thing was over we found that Mr.
Mull had been elected to represent
Cleveland county in the legislature.
Then he was made chairman of the
house finance committee, besides
being generally considered Gard
ner’s mouth In the house and it
it looked to us as if he were one
of those men who could balance
jobs in one hand and write letters
to the folks back home with the
“Then it was that Mr. Mull set
in to declining. He declined steadily
for sixty days and we doubt if he
has got his second wind. Frank
Page quit and Mr. Mull was offer
ed the chairmanship of the high
way commission. No, thanks. R. L.
Doughton was put in, and Mr. Mull
could have been commissioner of
revenue. No, much obliged. A. J.
Maxwell was given that place and
Mr. Mull had a chance at the cor
poration commission. Naw, sir. The
office of assistant to the governor
was created by the legislature and
there was suggestion that Mr. Mull
might take that. No. George Ross
Pou was weak in the gubernatorial
favor and they talked Mr. Mull as
the possible State prison superin
tendent. Couldn’t be bothered. Then
a new prison board was named and
Mr. Mull was made its chairman.
We thought that was settled, but
yesterday the news came out that
Mr. Mull had declined it also. Gov
ernor Gardner was quoted as saying
that he was willing to give Mr.
Mull anything in lus power, but
the fellow even declined that.
“So Mr. Mull has gone back to
his law' practice in Cleveland comi
ty, and around his neck should hang
a guilded medal for being the cham
pion Job-decliner of the world.”
(Editor's Note: The News-Topic
erred once in the above recital: O
M. Mull has never been county re
corder here; it was his kinsman,
Judge John P. Mull).
Held in Abduction
Curtis D. Devonshire of Phila
delphia, Pa., is being held after
his arrest in Charlotte, N. C.,
where he was picked up with
Alice Labutis, aged 12, invalid
Philadelphia girl. He was
trapped when he called for a
telegram which he believed
contained money for him and
calls the strange abduction "a
vagary of an alcoholic mood,"
IhiuuUnil Ninml)
K. W. Weathers
Fatally Hurt
Raleigh Business Man Who Married
In Shelby, Dies Following
Accident There.
K. W. Weathers, many years trea
surer of Boyan-Pearce company,
died Saturday evening at Rex hos
pital, Raleigh, where he was taken
about 2 o'clock after a fall on the
street accompanied by a collision
with an automobile.
Mr. Weathers died, the physicians
said, from a cerebral hemorrhage.
He had left the store, going to his
home on West Jone street. On
Salisbury and Hargett streets he
stepped in front of an automobile
driven by Mrs. J. E. Kennedy. She
was sure that she did not actually
strike him. He dropped before the
machine, was picked up and taken
to the hospital where he lived about
four hours. Examination, failed to
show any bruises from contact with
the machine and it is believed he
suffered an attack which caused
him to fall.
ivir. weauiers was a juemuer ui
the First Baptist church, a native
of the county, but married Miss
Kittie Carroll, daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Carroll. Mrs.
Weathers died nearly two years ago,
leaving her husband and two chil
dren. One of these, Carroll Weathers
practises law in Raleigh while the
daughter Katherine Weathers
is a student at Coker college, South
Carolina. Mr. Weathers was going
Sunday to South Carolina to
spend the day with his daughter.
Mr Will Carroll and members of
the family of Mr. Henry Carroll
went to Raleigh yesterday to attend
the funeral at the First Baptist
church. Deceased was one of Ra
leigh's most pleasing and popular
men, affable in his manner, always
cheerful, kind and sincer.
E. W. Wilson Dies
At Noon Today
Mr. E. W. Wilson died at noon
today at his home on West Graham
street following an illness of twelve
months with paralysis. During the
past few weeks his condition has
been very critical and most any day
he was expected to die.
Mr. Wilson was a native of Ruth
erford county and before his death
was connected with the Arrowood
Lumber plant. He was a staunch
and active member of the First
Baptist church here where the fu
neral will take place Tuesday aft
ernoon at 3 o'clock.
Surviving are his wife and eight
children, four boys and four girls:
Mrs. Freeman of Cliffside, Mrs.
Ralph Stowe of Gastonia, Clyde
James. Joyce. Hubert, R K, and
Mary Lewis Wilson.
Youngsters Give Up Annual
Banquet To Help Keep The
City Schools Open Full Year
Seniors And Juniors Pass Up Their “Big
Night” And Will Contribute Their Hard
Earned $100 To Fund To Keep Shelby
High School Running. Means Much To
One of the biggest annual events
at Shelby's Central hlifh school, the
biggest frorm the viewpoint of the
boys and girls, is. going to be passed
up this year by the members of the
junior and senior classes In their
determination to keep the high
school open for the full nine
The occasion is that of the Jun
ior-Senior banquet, an occasion
about which is entwined memories,
legends and hopes not. associated
with any other school activity. And
this year, for the first time, the
string of annual banquets ts to be
broken because the members of both
classes arc willing, although It
hurts, to give up their ‘‘night of
nights” for the sake of their school
and the junior and senior classes
yet to come.
Last week the two classes of
eager-eyed, fun-loving youngsters
voted to cancel their banquet and
contribute, if necessary, the $100
they have raked and scraped to get
together to the subscription fund
to prolong the school term in view
of the fact that their parents so
I far have fallen down on the Job of
subscribing the necessary amount.
Show Loyalty.
"Here’s our $100,” they In effect
told the committee collecting the
fund. "Wo planned to have a big
time with the money—a big feed
and a rollicking time together as
have all the junior and senior class
es at Shelby high in bygone days,
but it means more to us to keep
the school open so that our seniors
may graduate and our juniors may
be seniors next year.r”
Colorful Occasions.
In other years the Junior-Senior
banquets have been colorful occa
sions, and it was planned to be so
this year. All during the fall term
the juniors, who must each year
pay the expense of the event, gave
plays, concerts and other enter
tainments, assembling the proceeds
little by little until they had secur
ed the $100 necessary for the event.
Last year the present senior class,
juniors then, gave such an event
for their seniors. And each year the
upcoming class tries to excel the
event staged by the juniors of the
preceding year. A month or so back
the necessary funds were raised
and plans got underway for the
program. What a night it was to
Now it's all off, but the youngsters
are not complaining, and due to
their attitude they are highly ad
mired about the city schools for
their school loyalty in giving up an
event they have yearned for and
looked forward to through their
many years of routine school work.
It was last week, in view of the
serious situation confronting the
city schools, that the senior class
met in a body and voted to ask the
juniors to give the $100 to the school
fund instead 61 giving them a ban
quet, the vote being cast by the
students who last year gave a ban
quet to the preceding senior class
and naturally expected one in re
Then the junior class met and
heard the senior class report. The
banquet, meant just as much to
them as to the seniors—tt would
be a big night tor both with great
honor and praise coming to the
Juniors if they would put oyer a
"wow" of an occasion. But if the
seniors could give up their big
night, so could the juniors, and they
ratifed the vote of the seniors.
They May Wonder.
So. this year, unless the school
situation clears up. there will be
no Junior-Senior banquet at Shelby
high, but in with their mingled loy
alty and disappointment the young
sters may be silently wondering just
why their big night had to go by
the boards.
School Fund Grow*
Slowly; Now $1,800
The subscription fund to keep
the Shelby city schools open for
the full nine months had reach
$1,800 early today, It was an
nounced, this amount being
$2,400 less than the estimated
$4,200 to maintain the high
school for one month.
Tomorrow seven committees
of parents, assigned to each
ward, will canvass the city and
take the appeal direct to par
ents of childrrn who have not
made subscription pledges to
keep the schools open.
Light Income
Is On Increase
For Past Three Months Light Ite
ccipts Have Been Above Ten
Thousand Mark.
-% %
According to figures obtained at
the city hall, there is a gradual in
crease in the receipts for the city's
electric light department, the
monthly receipts having gone
above ten thousand dollar mark
for the past three months. The
committee of merchants appointed
in the mass meeting to ask for a
lower light schedule contend that
the bulk of the increased receipts is
due to the new method of cal
culation, while Fred P. Culbreth,
clerk at the city hall argues that
the bulk of the increase is due to
the addition of more light patrons.
Receipts for the past 14 months
1928 Receipts.
January _ $8,565.99
February _ . $7,566.03
March . .. $7,270.92
April. $6,285.64
May . . $7,453.22
June. $6,984.68
July . $7,758.29
August . $8,837.05
October . _ $8,576.$1
September .. $9,145.52
(New method of calculation began
November __....__ $9,519.54
December . _ $10,495.10
1929 Receipts.
January . __ $11,131.55
February _ .. $11,513.50
To Begin Survey Highway
No. 18 South Right Away
State highway engineers will ar
rive this week to begin a survey of
I state highway No. 18, south, ac
cording to information secured from
the state highway department at
Raleigh by The Star. Citizens of
'the county have been looking and
hoping for years for some steps to
be taken toward the building of
more hard surface in Cleveland
county and this road has been
promised for a number of years. It
has been under state maintenance,
via Patterson and Karl, connecting
with a South Carolina highway
leading to Gaffney a few miles
north of the Dravo bridge.
Just what route will be selected
is not known. The road will prob
ably lead to some point on the
state line where it will connect
wuth a road to Gaffney, S. C , but
the route is not determined. Sev
eral surveys will no doubt be made
before the highway is actually loc
It is known that the grading and
the ultimate hard surfacing of high
way No. 18 south has, been placed
on the state building program, but
it will require a year or two before
it is completed, as the road bed will
be given time to settle before the
topping is put down,
Lost Smith Girl Found
The decomposed body of a girl
found in the Connecticut river
at Springfield is believed to
have been identified as Francis
St John Smith who mysteri
ously disappeared from Smith
College, Jan., 1928. The family
do not believe it is their
daughter, but a Northampton
dentist has identified bridge
work as having been done by
him for the Smith girl.
nuUnttliul Nivirifl)
Car Overturns,
Youth Killed
Saturday Night
Clyde Childers Meets Instant
Death Returning From Picture
Show In Shelby.
Clyde Childers, 20 year old youth
was instantly killed Saturday night
about 11 o'clock when the car of
Marshall Bell overturned on the
road near Buffalo creek between
Shelby and Blacksburg, it is learn
ed. Childers had been on a visit to
Shelby with a neighbor Marshall
Bell, his son and daughter. Bell
was driving, it is understood, when
he lost control of the car and it
overturned in a ditch. As the car
was smashed, something sharp
pierced Childers in the back of
the neck, penetrating his spinal
column which brought instant
All occupants of the car live in
the vicinity of Ninety-Nine Island,
South Carolina.
Negress Butchered
By Husband Finding
Her With Other Man
Hoyt Curry Inflicts Severe Wounds
On Wife When He Lo
cates Them.
Hoyt Curry, colored man who
lives in the Ebenezer church sec
tion north of Kings Mountain, is
in the county jail here awaiting
trial and his wife is in serious shape
from knife wounds due to Curry's
finding his wife and a negro man
together in Curry's car shed Sat
urday late.
A big festival was on. Curry says,
at a negro hall near his home and
his wife was cooking delicacies for
the occasion Saturday night when
lie went to the hall to take some of
the food. Returning a short time
later he told officers he heard a
noise in the car shed, and upon
flashing his light inside he said he
saw his wife and the other man in
a compromising position. Curry
then jumped in with his knife,
slashed the negro man across the
head, and when the man ran Curry
turned upon his wife and began
cutting her across the back as she
ran. The woman finally fell in an
oat field and Curry continued
One hundred stitches were re
quired, It is said, for Dr. Hord at
Kings Mountain to sew up the I
cuts on the woman's back and ]
limbs. ’ j
Governor And
Associates To
Operate Plant
Gardner Garment Company Nam<
Of New Industry. To Make
Dresses, Wearing Apparel.
Due indirectly to the first
visit home of Shelby’s first citl
*en. Governor O. Max Gardner,
since his inauguration, Shelby
Is to havr a new manufacturing
Announcement was made
here today of the forming of
the Gardner Garment Corpora
tion, an industry which will
manufacture in Shelby dresses
and othrr wearing apparel for
women. The new corporation
is headed by Governor Gard
ner and his associates include
those interested with him In the
Cleveland Cloth mill, and oth
Silk. Rayon Dresses.
The major product of the Gard
ner Garment Corporation, which it
still such a new industry that cor
poration papers have not as yet
been filed, will be silk and rayon
dresses made from the material
manufactured by the Cleveland
Cloth mill. Governor Gardner la
president of the cloth mill which
has an annual output selling
around 300 thousand dollars.
Those Interested with Governor
Gardner In the new Industry have
been experimenting with such an
end in view for some time, and
dresses and other wearing apparel
made from the product of the
Cleveland Cloth mill are now In
stock In Shelby.
Site Not Selected.
As yet the site for the new plant
has not been selected and for a
time the manufacturing end of the
Industry may be conducted In New
York, where the head office of the
Cleveland Cloth mill is located.
However as plans materialise the
plant will be located in Shelby, and
perhaps In the very heart of town,
and once going the material from
the cloth mill will be rapidly trans
ferred to the dress plant where de
signers and garment workers will
transform the cloth Into dresses of
the latest mode and style.
The formation of the new corpor
ation followed a series of confer-’
ences held at the cloth mill office
between Governor Gardner and his
associates, and such is the prelimi
nary stage of the organisation now
that full details of the plant, its
size, and output cannot be announc
ed until later until the organization
is more complete.
Boost For Town.
However the announcement of the
preliminary organization means a
considerable boost for Shelby in
heralding the coming of new in
dustry, an additional payroll, am'
citizens of the skilled labor type.
Miss Hattie Bivins
Dies At Lily Mi7
Funeral And Interment Tat
Place At St. Paul Metbodht
Church. p
Miss Hattie Bivins, age 37 year
died Sunday afternoon In the tfc
Mill village at the home dt he
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bfthj
where she had been sick for som
time with rheumatism. She came tc
Shelby about nine years ago from
upper Cleveland and was highlj
esteemed in the communities when
she lived.
Surviving are her parents, Mr
and Mrs. Henry Bivins, one sirfer
Mrs. Mittie Richard and four
brothers, George and Joe of Shelby,
Will of Catawba, and John of
Lincoln county.
The funeral takes place today at
St. Paul Methodist church in up
per Cleveland where she was a
member for twenty years. Rev. Mr.
McDaniel of Mooresboro conducts
the services.
P. M. Washburn Out
For Alderman’s Job
P. Maynard Washburn of the
Eagle Roller Mill announced this
morning that he had definitely de
cided to enter the race for aider
man in Ward I For some weeks he
has been urged by friends to enter,
but only this morning did he make
up his decision to enter the race,
the outcome of which will be left
to the voters without much cam
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Abernetby and
children of Gastonia spent the day
Sunday with his father. Mr. T. H.
Abernethv, and sister, Mrs. A. V.

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